#Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

March 31, 2014 Review 1

#Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnisNot a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books Genres: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, YA
Source: Purchased

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.

I read Not a Drop to Drink sometime last week. I’m not entirely sure how to feel about the book. I really liked the premise, I liked the writing, I don’t know how I feel about the ending.

The ending was supposed to give us hope, and it did, but it also killed a little part of my soul. And I don’t have much of a soul to begin with. So here is my take on NaDtD.
The writing was bare bones, and straight forward and that fit the storyline perfectly. The characters to me were great. I love cold hearted characters that turn out to have a heart. And Lynn is coldhearted. She is almost robotic in the early chapters of this book. It’s all about routine, and the routine is WATER. Everything in her life is about the water. It’s a simple, and stressful life. I think the author portrayed this perfectly. The ending was unsatisfying for me, as a reader. Because it’s not the ending I wanted. But I can’t fault the writer for writing the story true to her vision.

I really have absolutely not a bad thing to say about this book. I am interested in reading the companion that comes out soon. But I am still debating about whether or not it’s worth the over $10 for ebook.


The only way this book could have been better was if everyone DIED!

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  • KatrinaBookishThings

    The ending bugged me too. But I did like the book. I’m wondering what is going to happen in the companion novel.