Fri, September 20, 2013

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis Review

Not a Drop to Drink book cover

Not a Drop to Drink book cover

Not a Drop to Drink
By Mindy McGinnis
Publication date: Sept. 24, 2013
Katherine Tegen Books, 320 pages
Source: 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.

— description

Oh lordy, how I love survivalist novels. Of course, I’d be among the first to die. I have zero common sense when left to my own devices. But for some reason I just adore reading about heroines who are stranded and left to defend themselves in the wilds.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis is a powerful example of this. It’s a harsh world for Lynn without any family to help her out and a dwindling supply of water.

Though there is a bit of humor and a little romance, it’s a grim story, through and through. Lynn’s story is not feel-good, but it is powerful.

Part of that power comes McGinnis’ choice to focus on a small cast of characters and very no-nonsense storytelling. It really sets the tone for Lynn’s stark, lonesome reality.

If you’re fans of suspenseful survival stories, you’ll want to pick it up. Just make sure you’re in the right mood!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Toni @ My Book Addiction said:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I hope it’s everything I expect it to be. Sometimes that’s the problem with having high expectations, but I have a feeling this one will not disappoint. Thanks for the review!

    Toni @ My Book Addiction


    Posted on: Fri, September 20, 2013

  2. Nikki @ Foil the Plot said:

    This book is near the TOP of my TBR pile and I’m happy to see that it’s getting rave reviews so far! I think the thing that strikes this particular book as creepy is that the survivalist scenario is pretty plausible. And the thing that makes me love post-apocolyptic books so much is how they’re often more about PEOPLE than the actual scenarios that those people find themselves in. I can’t wait to read it!


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  3. brianna said:

    I’ve read nothing but great reviews for this book. I’m drawn to it because it’s a very real possibility that we could have to figure out to survive something like this, even though it terrifies the living daylights out of me.


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  4. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    This book does sound great, although I’ll have to read a feel good book right after, it sounds like. And I too would be one of the first ones to die in any sort of survival of the fittest situation. I wouldn’t know how to make a fire, hunt, or even what to do with an animal if I actually did kill one. I’d be the pathetic, useless girly sidekick. Oh well!


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  5. We Heart YA said:

    Ooo, we supposedly have an ARC of this on the way — now we’re really excited!


    Posted on: Fri, September 20, 2013

  6. Shelly said:

    This book sounds so good! Great review 🙂


    Posted on: Fri, September 20, 2013

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