Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: September 24, 2013
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

Goodreads Summary:

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.


Though the title is Not a Drop to Drink, I found that this book quenched my thirst for a great dystopian. A distinct and captivating novel about a young girl’s story of survival. Lynn has been taught by her mother to trust no one. Especially not men. She has been trained to defend their home and their only water source all of her life. Shoot to kill, no questions asked. It’s a tough way to live, but a good way not to die. When tragedy strikes, Lynn must do the unthinkable: learn to trust another person… and most importantly, her heart.

This was my first but not my last book by Mindy McGinnis. I very much enjoyed her writing style and the voices she gave her characters. They are well developed, and I connected with them easily. Lynn and Eli’s relationship is so sweet and innocent. I loved the banter between this “country girl” and “city boy.”

Not a Drop to Drink is one of the most realistic dystopians I’ve read in the sense that I could really imagine the things that transpire in this novel unfolding in a distant future. That alone made the story frightening, and it was chilling to see what desperation could drive some people to do.

I was drawn into Lynn’s story from the very beginning, fell in love with certain characters along the way, and shed more than a few tears near the end. I very much look forward to continuing the series with In a Handful of Dust, which takes place ten years in the future. This installment may not have had the happily-ever-after I originally envisioned, but that’s okay… because sometimes, that’s life. The important thing is to find inspiration and empowerment in those endings; and thanks to Lynn, I definitely did.

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1) In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink, #2)

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  1. Okay you have me very very curious about this one.... I remember wanting to read it but then I kinda forgot about it but now I am all interested again... but you worry me with that mention of the ending... we are going to have to discuss haha. Great review Wifey!

  2. I keep seeing tis one aroudn, but I havent' felt compelled to jump in and try it. I do like that is very realistic and could happen. I really need to just pick it up and give it a go.

  3. This book sounds like exactly what I would read - I added it to my to read shelves. I love dystopian novels xD thanks for an amazing review!

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  4. I own this Michele and need to read it. It's the concept of no water that trips me up. I mean how will I make my coffee?

  5. I own this one, been on my tbr for a while. I been wanting to read it for so long, but with the next book being such a big disappointment to many of my friends, ugh

  6. Great review of a future that sounds frighteningly like a prediction for the West Coast! :-( And Lynn sounds like my kinda girl. :)

    (Also, I’m decades behind, but BEAUTIFUL update to the blog!!! I especially LOVE the twitter/facebook/bloglovin’ buttons!! Super classy!!!) <3

  7. I also enjoyed the voices of the characters in this one. I felt that the author did a great job at capturing the atmosphere for this dystopian world. I'm glad you enjoyed it!! :D


  8. I need to read this book so bad. Not going to lie, it kind of freaks me out with the drought around here. lol.

  9. I enjoy a good dystopian and this sounds like a winner. :) I like the way you described this one and it sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing.


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