Saturday, August 18, 2018
Dry by Neal Shusterman
A few chapters into this I had to run an errand and decided it wouldn't be a bad idea to buy a case of bottled water just to have on hand because the speed with which society falls apart in the book felt entirely too realistic. So in terms of making me think hard about how close most of us are to dropping civility in the face of a crisis, this book is right on target. Unfortunately, after that good opening for a scary survival story, it was just fairly dry. I wasn't invested in any of the characters and felt that they often made poor choices. Not the kind of poor choices that lead to interesting story developments, just some fairly illogical choices. It seemed that Shusterman was going for a picture of the greater scene by including quick scenarios of the girl in the Target parking lot and Alyssa's uncle and the "saint" on the freeway, but I would've preferred more connection with our main characters.