Book Review: Not A Drop To Drink

Not A Drop To Drink CoverBook: Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Published September 2013 by HarperCollins|Pages: 320

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: None

Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic

You can find Not A Drop To Drink on Goodreads|You can find Mindy McGinnis on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: Fans of classic frontier survival stories as well as readers of dystopian literature will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold.

Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, 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. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it…

New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut “not to be missed.” With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Not A Drop To Drink, but I really liked it, and it’s definitely different than a lot of other post-apocalyptic books I’ve read.

Like: Lynn is out in a very rural area, and there aren’t many people around.  You get an idea of what’s happened in cities, and why she and her mother are defending their home and pond from everyone who wanders by.  I like that Lynn and her mom are pretty self-sufficient, but I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if either of them got seriously injured or ill, since getting the proper medicine would definitely be an issue.

One of the most interesting things about Not A Drop To Drink is that there’s a limited supply of freshwater, making it hard to come by. And nearby streams and such aren’t always reliable because of freezing in winter, and drying up in summer.  So she’s pretty lucky to have a reliable source of water in the pond at home.  It’s something that I can totally see happening, and I can see governments restricting number of children and rationing water and stuff to make sure there’s enough for everyone.

I also liked that McGinnis gets right to the point.  You know just enough to know what’s going on, and there’s no annoying filler or info-dumping.  I did find myself wanting to know more about the cities and some of the wars that were mentioned in the book.  You get what you need to know, and while it’s not necessary to know more than what you get, I still wanted to know what life in the city was like.

The book, I suppose, does move slowly at times, because you see Lynn’s daily life, but I honestly didn’t mind that things were paced the way they were.  I am surprised that Not A Drop To Drink is a stand-alone, because I honestly would have expected it to be the first of a series.  But McGinnis does a great job with keeping it a stand-alone, and it also works so well as a stand-alone.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked Not A Drop To Drink, and it’s an interesting and believable take on the end of the world as we know it.  I didn’t love it, but it’s a really strong debut for McGinnis, and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!  Not A Drop To Drink gets 4 stars.

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