I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 24, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, YA
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Also by this author: This Darkness Mine
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.
Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.
But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
Not a Drop to Drink is a dystopian, but it’s not like others in it’s genre. Instead of trying to make the world different, it’s very much about survival.
Mindy McGinnis creates characters that make you want things to be better for them. They don’t know anything besides death and trying to protect what is theirs. Lynn doesn’t know anything different than making sure the water supply doesn’t dwindle. She doesn’t know how to react with anyone besides her Mom. Lynn’s mom is a very stark character. She tells it how it is, and doesn’t sugar coat anything at all. She wants her daughter to be strong and able to do things.
There aren’t very many places overloaded with action. That doesn’t hurt the story at all. You are focused on the things that the characters have to go through. The shortage of food and water is a possibility for them. Lynn and her mother face many obstacles. With many of these obstacles we meet new characters, but I’m going to leave it at that.
If you’re looking for a story that is heavy with romance, then this book isn’t for you. Make sure you have tissues ready for this book. Mindy McGinnis tore my heart out!