Not a Drop to Drink

Not a Drop to Drink

Not a Drop to Drink

by Mindy McGinnis

Genre: YA Post-Apoclyptic
Published: September 24th, 2013
by Katherine Teagen Books




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….


“There’s a famous line from a poem about the ocean,” Mother had finally said to end the discussion. “‘Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.’”

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis was just the kind of book I needed to read right now. It’s definitely one of those types of books that makes you stop and really think about how fortunate you are.

Our story follows 16-year-old Lynn. All Lynn knows how to do is to survive – even if it means killing. Lynn lives in a time where even though there’s lots of water, hardly any of it is drinkable – unless you have resources to purify it. Luckily, Lynn and her mother live near a pond – an invaluable water-source. But that pond comes at a cost. Lynn needs to know how to protect her pond from anyone who might try to steal it’s water – whether it be animals, other people, or Mother Nature.

But, one day Lynn’s mother spots smoke in the distance. And smoke can only one mean one thing: strangers. And Lynn and her mother won’t stop until they’re sure those people are gone…

I really enjoyed our protagonist Lynn. The first time Lynn killed someone was when she was nine years old, and she’s not afraid to do it again if she believes someone is a threat to her pond – or her life. She kicks ass and she knows what she must do to survive. And what really stands out to me is Lynn’s character transformation from beginning to end. In the beginning, she is a tough young lady with an outer shell, not letting anyone get close to her – metaphorically and literally. However, by the end of the story, she’s completely transformed into a new character – one who sees the values of others and accepts that.

Speaking of supporting characters, I felt that they were wonderful as well! We have such a variety of supporting characters in the story; each different from the next, and I must say that I was just blown away by each and every one of them! From Stebbs – a father figure of sorts; to Lucy – an adorable 5-year-old; to Eli, the romantic interest – each supporting character has just as much depth as Lynn herself; and they really helped propel the story.

All in all, Mindy McGinnis definitely has a talent with creating wonderful stories. I LOVED this story of hers – the characters, the plot, the writing, everything – and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of survival fiction.


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