Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FAMILY MATTERS -

by Neal Shus­ter­man and Jar­rod Shus­ter­man, Walker Books, £7.99 (ebook £5.87)

DYSTOPIAN teen ad­ven­ture novel Dry takes cli­mate change as its bo­gey­man, start­ing with the re­al­i­sa­tion the taps run­ning dry is not a plumb­ing prob­lem.

It fol­lows a mot­ley group of teenagers (and a lit­tle brother) thrown to­gether for sur­vival after their sub­ur­ban Cal­i­for­nian street turns feral in the search for wa­ter.

Es­tab­lished teen fic­tion au­thor Neal Shus­ter­man has a dual credit with his son, film writer Jar­rod Shus­ter­man, and it’s no sur­prise they are adapt­ing Dry for the screen as it seems writ­ten with this in mind, from the de­pic­tions of the “wa­ter zom­bies” to the echoes of a Hunger Games-style sur­vival of the fittest ethos.

A pacy, grip­ping read which com­bines snarky teenage di­a­logue and con­cerns about friend­ship, fam­ily and the fu­ture with the height­ened emo­tion of fac­ing the ap­par­ent end of your world.

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