young teens’ book of the week
dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman, Walker Books, £7.99 (ebook £5.87) HHHHH 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.