The only reason I read this is because of a coworker. She was super into it, and wanted our department to read it as a mini book club. So I picked it up, and I could tell it wasn’t my preferred reading genre. This is realistic fiction, and it’s a little too real for me. And depressing. And I was reading this while listening to The Book Thief, and that was waaaaay too much depressing at once.
The basic premise is that Colorado has shut off access to the Colorado river for southern California. That plus an ongoing drought leads to the taps running dry in the beginning of June. In California.
We see the story through three different perspectives. Alyssa is the daughter of a normal suburban family (2 parents, 2 kids, and a dog). Kelton is another main character, but his family has been preparing for this, or any disaster situation. They are completely self sufficient, and it is painfully clear that they are the only ones. We also see small snippets from other people, like a family trying to get a flight out of the area and a news reporter. (There are some other main characters, but I never met them.)
There is mass panic, and things quickly go very, very wrong. But that’s about as far as I got. There’s nothing wrong with this book, it’s just not what I wanted to be reading. There are more books out there that I actually want to read, so back to the library this had to go!
(This gets 3 stars, because what I read was good, conveyed a sense of dread, and made me very aware of how dehydrated I was. But I prefer to be unaware of that fact most of the time.)