Friday, February 14, 2014

Review: Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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.

Not A Drop To Drink is a book that has been on my radar for a while now, long before its publication. A world where water is the most precious resource--this strikes very close to home. The concept is so timely and relevant that I knew this was a book I had to read.

The tone of Not A Drop To Drink is very different than a lot of YA on the market right now. Lynn, a girl who was taught to shoot first and ask questions, has been raised to be a killer. In a world where the strongest survive, and take what they need by force, Lynn has no room for compassion or error. Not your typical heroine.

What I really loved about this book was that it owned up to it's own reality. The world of the book is bleak, harsh, and cruel, and it doesn't shy away from the darker side of things. The characters have to make hard choices in order to survive--and some are not easy. Because of this truthfulness, it mixes the sci-fi elements of a possible world with the accessibility of Contemporary YA almost seamlessly.

With a varied cast of characters and a plot that will keep you on your toes, Not A Drop To Drink is an unflinching tale of survival you won't want to miss!


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