Author: Neal Shusterman
This is my 27th book for the year
Southern California has been in an endless drought. People have been told to stop watering their lawns, stop filling their pools, conserve as much as they can anywhere they can. However - in the end, it still isn't enough and the taps run dry.
Alyssa and her family run to the store to find out they are too late to get the last of the water. This send their family - and many others - into a tail spin of panic about what they are going to do until help arrives. Alyssa, her brother, and several other neighborhood teenagers are separated from their families and go on a hunt for water. What they encounter is what civilization becomes when it is at its most desperate. Choices are made that people can never take back.
This was a pretty good book. I am a big Shusterman fan and this one didn't disappoint. I found myself on edge the whole time I was reading this book - how real this scenario could be at any time for us. How it was contained to one area of California yet those people were trapped and helpless. After living through the pandemic, I can see how quickly anarchy would set in when the water is turned off. It is a well written novel, flows well, and wraps up nicely. Glad I read this one.