Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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….
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.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
It's been quite a while since I've read a dystopian novel. I kind of got out dystopian novels once they were everywhere, and the genre became too over populated. However, I had heard a lot of hype surrounding Not a Drop to Drink, so I decided to pick it up. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it. It was unlike any dystopian novel that I've ever read.
Not a Drop to Drink had some of the cliches from your typical dystopian novel, but most of it was an original premise, which was refreshing to see. The idea of a futuristic society without water was interesting. It's not something that I've seen a lot of. Typically dystopian novels are about a zombie apocalypse, or a natural disaster. It was nice to see something different. The plot itself had a lot of different twists and turns that kept the reader guessing until the very end. Speaking of, the ending was heartbreaking. I wasn't expecting it at all, and it left me sobbing.
While I didn't agree with all of the characters actions, I did like all of the characters. Other than Lucy, Stubbs was my favorite character. I really liked how he balanced Lynn out, and made her softer and more caring. I also like how he took care of Lucy, and those around him.
The book ended in a way where it will be hard to create a sequel. It should be interesting to see what Mindy McGinnis does with the next book in the series. I can't wait to read it. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a refreshing take on dystopian.
I give Not a Drop to Drink: 3.5/5.
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I received this ebook from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.