Saturday, May 25, 2013

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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….

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

I know what you’re thinking--not another dystopian novel. And it is true: YA literature is chock-full of books about what happens after the world practically destroys itself. But, this book is different…in a very good way.
Meet Lynn, a teenage girl who lives in a world where water is more valuable than gold.  Raised to be tough, smart, and to shoot intruders on sight, Lynn and her mother protect the small pond near their home from anyone who may want to do them harm. However, when an unforeseen tragedy strikes, Lynn is forced to start branching out and learns that there is more to the world than the level of water in her pond.
Lynn holds a special place in my heart as one of the few dystopian heroines who uses her brain rather than her not-always-reliable intuition. Smart and savvy, Lynn is an incredibly (and occasionally scary) fierce young lady. What is fascinating about her is they way she exhibits a change in morals since the world ended, a factor that is rarely exhibited in other dystopian novels.
I would also like to point out the fact that the back cover mentions romance: this book is not one of those romance-centric books, a lá Twilight. Instead, the romance is balanced out by heady doses of action, friendship, and growing up.  This mix creates a book that you won’t want to put down – I know I didn’t!
My complaints for this book find their genesis in the ending. I felt that the finale of the story was extremely rushed, and I found myself feeling like the buildup of the story fell a little flat: however, the novel on whole is fabulous and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a unique dystopian novel or just for a strong female lead.
This book hits shelves September of 2013! 

Buy Hardcover | $17.99

Happy reading!

Ellie, age 16


  1. Ack! I cannot wait to read this book! It's one of my most anticipated debuts of 2013! I've had an eARC for several months now... but there's nothing like print books in your hand. I'll have to start it sometime! Perhaps in June. By then I'll have dug myself out of my eARC reading hole.

    Anyway. It's good to hear good thoughts about this book! So glad you liked it - I know I'll love it :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I totally agree about the print copy. It's so rewarding to be able to add it to your bookcase after and see its pretty face!

      We hope you love it as much as we did! Can't wait to hear your own thoughts on it!

  2. This book looks so cool! EpicReads is in love with it! Can't wait to read it!


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