Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date/Publisher: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: November 5th 2013
- Not a Drop to Drink
- In a Handful of Dust
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.
What I thought:
This book had so many good things going for it. First of all, it’s a stand-alone! No series or continuations here which is kind of a nice change. Second, it’s not all about some teens who fall in love and try to keep their love alive by avoiding governments and all that fun stuff that so many books these days have. So in other words it’s not Dystopian.
This book is plain and simple; it’s all about surviving in the wilderness. Water is expensive to those that live in the cities and the only way to escape that and truly be free is to live on the land. Problem with that is it’s even harder to find water out there, and if you do everyone will be wanting it. Lynn and her mom have a great place with a decent pond but even they have to deal with shortages and proper rationing and of course sanitation. The fact that Lynn has to work hard to survive really shows us how good we can sometimes have it.
The other thing that made this book awesome is that it was also a little bit scary. Not like ghosts and monsters though, but with harsh reality. The way the world was built really made it seem like this could happen in the future. It’s not futuristic but more realistic with the explanation of how it all happened as if it could start tomorrow.
This book was well built and I loved that it was a little out of the box for a post-apocalyptic type book. I also liked the break from romance and enjoyed just having the characters try and survive together. The characters were also well written and I liked that Lynn was strong although harsh at times, but she wasn’t whiny!
A great choice if you want a good post-apocalyptic book!