Not a Drop to Drink is a startling glimpse into a world where water is not a commodity, it is the commodity and trust can mean the difference between life and death. This book has propelled the post-apocalyptic/survivalist genre back to the top of my list.
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher Provided
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
An hour before bedtime I decided to pick up my copy of Not a Drop to Drink and read “just for an hour.”
Let’s just say I woke up with gnashing of teeth and much moaning the next morning because I stayed up to finish the book.
Yes – it was one of those.
And I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it was.
I admit, the world-building was a little lacking. I’m still not entirely sure what happened or why. It was addressed, eventually, but the explanation didn’t satisfy me. But in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t matter why there was a water shortage or why cholera was such a plague. This story was Lynn’s story. Not a Drop to Drink wasn’t the story of a world going to hell; it was the story of a girl who lived in it already. And Mindy McGinnis wrote her characters vividly and very realistically.
There was a coldness at the beginning that I almost didn’t pick up on. Lynn called her mom, “Mother” and had no idea that she had a real name beyond it. The love between the two was fierce, but Mother would have no qualms about turning the gun on her own daughter to save her from being taken by men who wouldn’t kill her quickly. Lynn’s world was small. It was a basement with an empty house above it, a barn, a pond, and her Mother. She didn’t know about a world with bad men in it, even though she was sixteen. Her Mother taught her (from the age of nine) to kill anyone who walked onto their property without asking questions.
When circumstances leave Lynn alone, she ends up finding help and unexpected friendship from the neighbor who had been a familiar stranger her entire life. Lynn begins to realize that people aren’t always the enemy and her walls begin to drop. She offers help to those who need it and bonds are formed. One of my favorite characters is a 5 year old girl who ends up living with Lynn for a large chunk of the book.
When her way of life is threatened, she knows that she has to protect her home and those she cares for no matter the cost.
This book is dark and often bleak. But to me it read as if it were a guidebook to humanity.
If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic or survivalist stories (think Mike Mullins Ashfall series) you will absolutely love this book.
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