DRY Neal and Jar­rod Shus­ter­man WALKER, RRP $17

The Queensland Times - - WEEKEND - CLAIRE SUTHER­LAND VER­DICT: Ex­plo­sive

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.

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