Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Rating: ★★★ ★★
Synopsis: Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, 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. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it. . . .
New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut “not to be missed.” With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.
Review: I made my mom read this after I finished it and I told her ‘this totally reminds me of you, and our family’. She got about 20% into it and was like WTF HOW DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF US?! And then she kept reading and… it clicked.
How many of you could survive a zombie apocalypse? Or a fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games? How about if you were faced with a killer virus? Killer robots? A 2nd ice age? Yeah… these are some of my favorite end-of-the-world book scenarios but… these ones don’t terrify me (well… maaaaaaaaybeeeeeee zombies) as much as the idea of having to just plain survive. I mean, we’d all die if any of these were to actually happen. But what about when the odds are against you… and survival IS possible (and not because you’re an olympic-trained fighter). What then?
I grew up in basically… the same back-woods countryside that Lynn survives in in this book. My house was in the middle of nowhere, and we have a huge pond behind it. My father, an avid hunter, taught us how to shoot, hunt and track. I went to outdoor wilderness camp every summer growing up, and I know how to fish, purify water, and gut a deer (ew, right?). My family has a huge garden, my mother cans EVERYTHING and our freezer is usually filled with venison. All of these things that I grew up with rang SO TRUE with me while I was reading this book.
I’m from Michigan, where we get snow about 6 months out of the year, and I’ve gone without power and running water more times than I can count.
So if we ran out of clean drinking water, could I survive? Could my family? I think we’d have a chance. And this is why I connected so well with this book. This is why I had to share it with my mother. I could see and feel this entire story from start to end. It was so easy to put myself in Lynn’s shoes, to think about the choices she had to make, and compare them to the ones that I’d make if I were in the same position.
This book is bloody, raw, and emotional. It pulls NO punches and spares no one. There is pain and suffering all around, but there is also hope, growth, happiness, and I love how Lynn changes through the book. I had actual moments of gasping-OMFG THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN-throw my kindle down on the bed-tears in my eyes CANNOT STOP READING hysterics.
And one of THE MOST refreshing things about this is that it’s a standalone. You get a full story with a bittersweet ending and a perfect conclusion that just sits so right. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Keep your eyes out for this one when it hits shelves. It’s a MUST READ!
I received an eARC of this from Edelweiss. Thank you!