Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Katherine Tegen, 320 Pages
Sub-genre: Post Apocalyptic
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult (14+)
Series: Not a Drop to Drink #1
Voice Actor: Cassandra Campbell
Recommended for: fans of Eve by Anna Carey
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…
So you want to enjoy this book? Well then – be prepared to work for it. Seriously, not a single thing happens in this book until 90% of the way in. You’ve got to invest in this book and stick with it. In that regard, it reminded me so much of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. If you stick with the book, you’ll up really liking it, but dang, it was painful to get to that point.
Some people may say that stories of survival aren’t always “action packed” or “thrilling” but all I could think about while reading the first 90% of this book was: “This is like if Katniss HADN’T been in The Hunger Games.” – aka not many people want to read about it. Everyday life (most of the time) is boring and I was ready to give up on this book so many times – BUT I’m really glad that I didn’t.
This book isn’t for everyone but at least give it a try!