DRY Neal and Jarrod Shusterman WALKER, RRP $17
Move over sci-fi, make way for cli-fi. The impending environmental disaster the world is ignoring has at least given us one green shoot — a rich seam of climate change fiction. Dry, aimed at young adults but still compelling for this old one, starts on the day the taps are turned off in California. A brawl over dwindling supply has seen the pipelines from Arizona plugged, and the logistics of shipping water means people will die before relief arrives. Alyssa and Garrett’s parents head to a desalination plant in search of water, but don’t return. Luckily, their neighbours are doomsday preppers. Unluckily, they aren’t inclined to share. It takes the intervention of the neighbours’ son Kelton before Alyssa and Garrett are welcomed in, but other neighbours are circling. In the ensuing chaos, Alyssa, Garrett and Kelton discover how desperate people can lose their morals. A film version of Dry is in development.