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Author(s): Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Copyright Year: 2018
ISBN/ISSN: 9781481481960

This superb mini-apocalyptic cautionary tale is sure to please all readers. The setting is California and the "Tap-Out" has begun. After years of suffering drought conditions, the government passes laws regulating water consumption, but seldom enforces them. Now all water is shut off—there are no swimming pools, no washing clothes or dishes, no showers, no water to drink. With FEMA involved in another crisis, the federal government seems to be ignoring California. Told in alternating first person narratives, the story revolves around four teenagers and their search for water and their parents. Sixteen-year-old Alyssa is a pragmatic, natural leader whose goal is to protect her younger brother Garrett until they can be reunited with their parents. Kelton, the next-door neighbor, has long had a serious crush on Alyssa. His parents are survivalists and his father's extreme behavior overshadows the other members of his family. His mother acts as moderator, while the oldest son has moved out, fleeing his dad's extreme behavior. Super intelligent Kelton is a nerd with survivalist training and a keen capacity to analyze situations. Nineteen-year-old Jacqui excelled at school with her perfect SAT scores and top cumulative average, until she ran away from her emotionally abusive parents for the relative safety of the streets. The moral deterioration of society under stress and the decisions each character faces—both individually and as group—move the plot at an increasingly suspenseful pace. Expect a long wait-list for this novel with its life-threatening suspense, timely theme, and compelling characters.

Reviewer: Tena Litherland
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 6-12
Review Date: January 1, 2019
Product Description
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 from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

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.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 401
Price: $18.99
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Dystopian & Apocalyptic
Entry ID: 2180228

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