Book Review: Not a Drop to DrinkAuthor: Mindy McGinnis
Published: September 2013
Series: Not a Drop to Drink #1
Genre: YA Dystopia
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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….
My Two Cents
Not a Drop to Drink is a survival book through and through. Yes McGinnis tries to throw in some romance, but even then the relationship felt more like survival and less like true love. Lynn looses her mother rather violently and must defend her home (and pond) all by herself. Until her neighbor gets under her skin that is... Lynn's neighbor takes in a family on the brink of death, and Lynn begins to realize that you don't have to be alone the rest of life (or shoot everyone that comes within 30 feet of her home). I really enjoyed Lynn's growth as a character and a human being. She was smart and tough on the outside but her heart really opened up when she learned to take care of others. If you're looking for warm fuzzies at the end of this book you won't find it. McGinnis sort of leaves us with a cliffhanger, or rather you just want to know what happens with Lynn and her new found family. I'm awarding Not a Drop to Drink 3.5 out of 5 stars. Props for originality in an overpopulated dystopian genre.