19 May, 2014

book review

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1) by Mindy McGinnis


My Copy: ePub eBook, 192 pages
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Library
Genre: Dystopian | Young Adult

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.

My Review

What you’re in for: A mother and daughter bond. Killing. Survival. Brutality. Friendships. Romance. Hard times. Death of loved ones. Happy moments. A cruel world with few silver linings.

The main character (Lynn): Have to hand it to the author, though, for this main character she created. Lynn is pretty cold emotionally, but that’s because of the way she was brought up. She had to be. And yet, Lynn is a character that readers will like and be able to relate with and connect with. This is a difficult character to portray in the way she is. Kudos to the author for that one. She did a good job!

Am I glad I read it? Well, this book was decent. I didn’t love it, but I did like it. The captivity factor wasn’t as strong as I would’ve liked, but it kept my interest well enough. I think I’m in the minority here for not absolutely loving this book. There are so many 5 star ratings of this book.

However, I did enjoy the fact that the main character was strong and mature for her age.  I also loved that, though it is a young adult book and the main character is pretty independent and kicks major butt, adults actually serve a purpose in this story.  All too often in YA Dystopias, we see adults as useless — only the kids can make things right and take down the government (or what have you)! Well, this book has kids and adults working together and I, for one, loved that.

I will read the second book, because I have the ARC, and because I’m interested to see what is in Lynn’s future. She sure went through a lot in this book! Poor girl. I’m also looking forward to hopefully getting some questions in my head answered.
4 stars blue

A Peek Inside

In a few hours, Lynn would climb a tree miles from her own pond to fire bullets she couldn’t spare so that Eli, Lucy, and countless strangers downstream could have a drop to drink.

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3 Responses to “Review: Not a Drop to Drink”

  1. Ugh, I need to get around to reading this book. So much happening! You already have the ARC to the sequel and I haven’t even gotten my hands on the first one yet. Shame on me!