Monday, 16 June 2014

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Author: Mindy McGinnis
Pages: 320 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Received From: my school library

Synopsis (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.


Not a Drop to Drink is one of those books that draw you in, grow on you, and then leaves you wanting for more! I have never been more impressed with a dystopian YA debut in awhile till reading this book, and I've read a lot of them!

The book is about a girl named Lynn, who lives in a world not too different from our own. The world is experiencing the worst shortage in history: water. Finding water is tough, but keeping it? It's an impossible task that Lynn (under her mother's influence) has stepped up to make possible.

She's rough around the edges, and has a "shoot-first, and never ask questions later" policy that makes her deadly to those who trespass her property. However, after her mother is killed, Lynn is forced to take care of herself, and her only water source.

This story was beautifully written, to say the least. This story is intense, and makes you think about how we're living today, and how our actions can actually lead us to Lynn's current situation and world.

She's a hard character that I actually found hard to connect with in the beginning, but after her mother passed away, and started interacting more with Stebbs (their neighbor across the field, whom she's only met once), we start to see that wall she had up slip away. When she meets Lucy, her uncle Eli, and her mother Neva, we see those walls finally disappear, and we see how she turns her cold demeanor as a weapon to help others instead of herself. I loved her character development, and by the epilogue (which I assume takes place in the future, since there is a line that says that Lynn steps over Lucy's long legs, which probably means that Lucy isn't a little girl anymore, and that Lynn is an adult), I was so happy with how she'd matured.

Lucy was another character that I enjoyed very much in the book. The reason why I loved Lucy so much is because she's bright and has lots of energy, and pretty much changes Lynn's world for the better. She asks a lot of questions, and knows a lot for her age, and I believe that if Lynn's mom was much more kinder and openly loving towards her, Lynn would've been a lot like Lucy.

Plot wise, everything was perfect. I was really concerned for Lynn when she learned from Lucy that the military had access to special satellite images of rural areas where water could be found. I was really scared for her because if Lucy's father could find her house, why couldn't others?

The ending was not what I was expecting. Most dystopian books end with the main character having to realize that they're in more trouble than they actually are, and they're left with an impossible task for the next book. In this book, the ending was very fast paced, and it was SOOOO heartbreaking. I felt so bad for Lynn at the end because I thought she was finally going to be able to live happily ever after. However, even though it ended badly for one specific character, it doesn't seem out of place. It felt right that that character did have to go (even though no one wanted said character to). It wrapped up nicely, and didn't really leave any cliffhanger's, because of the epilogue.

The epilogue, like I said before, is really nice because it shows the final transformation of Lynn's character (which I loved). At first, I did think this book was going to be a standalone, till I saw the sequel on Goodreads a week ago. I'm excited to read the next book, because I loved this book so much!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

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