Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books on September 24th, 2013
Genre: YA, Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Source: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: First of all, this was an interesting concept for a book. It’s set in a house with a pond out front that is guarded at all times because the countries water has given people sickness (Cholera). The mother/daughter duo guard and sanitize their water night and day. After tragedy more characters are added to the mix and it’s interesting to hear their stories and how they work together. It was nice to see the main character grow as a person having been around one person all her life. It felt beleiveable the way she was acting towards the others. The romance wasn’t necessary. I feel if Lynn wasn’t exposed to men ever in her life why would she all of a sudden be like “yup cool hold me”? A friendship would’ve made more sense. The “romance” was like I said, not necessary. Not every book needs love!
My issue with this book was the climax/last few chapters. All of a sudden all this action starts and 3 people are able to take on a whole town of men? And do so in like 10 minutes? It came out of nowhere and then all of a sudden it ended.
I know this is a series but I don’t think that I want to continue on with it. It ended really nicely as a standalone. I would recommend this for those that want to read an interesting spin on a YA dystopian that focuses on characters other than plot. Also have a glass of water near you at all times!