Saturday, July 27th 2019

Dry

DryDry by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 2nd 2018
Pages: 390
Goodreads
four-stars

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival,

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

I enjoyed this book for the most part even though I thought parts of it were pretty unrealistic. I am pretty sure I rolled my eyes a few times. However, this was the best dystopian I have read in a while.

What really works for this dystopian is a plot that seems completely realistic and could happen any day now. Two things happened to me while reading this book; I became very thirsty and I wanted to start doomsday preparing. No joke. This book was very effective at unsettling me.

four-stars

Monday, October 2nd 2017

First We Were IV

First We Were IVFirst We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 25th 2017
Goodreads

three-stars




It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.A secret society – for the four of us. The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.We wanted revenge.We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control.What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

I have to admit that I was disappointed that this book wasn’t darker. I had been hoping for something really dark and fucked up and I thought I heard in a review in booktube that it was, but I was let down. I gave the book three stars because I felt it could have been pushed further and I disliked the ending. The Creeping by the same author is on my TBR and I am a little nervous it is not going to live up to my expectation. In this book, it felt like there were two different storylines happening and they didn’t mesh well together. I started not to believe the motivation of some of the main characters and honestly didn’t know why they were doing what they were doing at times. Overall the book was okay. I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone or reread it, but it wasn’t the worst book I’ve read and there were a few things I enjoyed.

three-stars