Review of Not A Drop to Drink

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.
I have heard really good things about Not A Drop to Drink and with the movie rights sold, I really wanted to read it before the movie came out. I am just a dystopian fiend and this book was right up my alley. I cannot wait to see how they portray the movie.

  • I loved Lynn, she really struggled with good vs. evil, what she knew before to what she learned, and how to survive in the world.
  • The premise of running out of clean water seems crazy, I do wish that it was flushed out a bit more, but I thought it was really need. It was interesting to see how you would have to be so protective of a body of water when it becomes your life source.
  • I really enjoyed the side characters, Stebbs and Lucy. It was fun to see how they became part of Lynn’s family and really started to show her who she should be and how she should live in their current situation.
  • The writing was enjoyable and flowed well. I read the majority of the book on a road trip and it was perfect for the ride.
  • The second book, “In a Handful of Dust”, the story starts up 10 years after the first book. That is going to be a really unique twist and helps the series stand out from other YA series.

  • Nothing to report, I really enjoyed the book.

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