YA Book Review: Not a Drop to Drink


Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy Mcginnis
Publish: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Type: Dystopia, Survival, Fiction
Hardback, 350 pages


Summery: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 about this book a while back and when i read about the back, it just seemed like my type of book. I am a huge fan of Dystopian books and i have said this probably like a billion of times.  Lynn and her mother fight everyday with survival. Lynn has every known: Shoot, Kill, protect the pond. She grew up cold. shooting at ever came in her path. Water is running out and there pond is there life. Lynn and her mother as always lived at the same house. Lynn’s mother dies and and she has to take over everything. The only men who lives near that Lynn and her mother hasn’t killed, starts to help Lynn to survival. Lynn learns that there is still humanity to the world and watch grow a heart. she learns to start caring for others when a group of three need there help.

The story is sad and depressing but it had it’s sweet moments when you get to see Lynn start to care and open up. It was full of suspense and heart breaking moments that did have me close to tears. The book did get a little slow at times but then it would hurry and pick back up. if you’re looking for a dystopian adventure this book is not it. It’s mostly about survival. Lynn is pretty much in the same place threw out the whole book. I did love Lynn’s bad ass attitude she had. Like if things got crazy i would want her backing me up.

A little warning the ending SUCKED. i was really disappointed in the ending but i get what the author was doing and i totally get it but it made me so mad i wanted to throw the book out the window mad. Like who writes a ending like that? come on now! how freaking rude. This is just a minor spoiler..a lot of people die. sorry but there is a lot of death and it’s gonna make you cry.

Overall i liked the story a lot. The writing was easy to follow along with and i love the cover. if it wasn’t for the ending and it getting a little slow at times  i would of give it a five star rating but i couldn’t fully love this book as much i wanted to.




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