Review: ‘Not a Drop to Drink’ by Mindy McGinnis

Review: ‘Not a Drop to Drink’ by Mindy McGinnisNot a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
on September 24, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Survival
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
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.

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Lynn and her mother live in a house by a pond where their entire existence is to defend it. Water is scarce in the world and the more you have access to water, the more people will take it by force. Lynn grew up defending their little pond and thinks nothing of it until some strangers change her viewpoint and realizes that there are good people out there too.

This reality is so downright realistic, it’s scary. Not to mention a growing virus called Chlorea that kills everyone in its path. I couldn’t but think of such a harsh and brutal world. This was Lynn’s world and even though she was a country girl and knew how to live out in the wild, she managed to struggle and keep on surviving the most harshest realities. Death, sickness, loneliness, she managed to stay strong and I deeply admire her character. She’s not like any character I’ve read about before and that says a lot. Her strength is clearly evident by the turning point in the book. I loved her attitude and her willingness to help and grow. Even the secondary characters like Lucy and Shebbs were wonderful additions. They showed her how to be a family, to be able to laugh and cry. I loved the snowball fight acne. It screamed innocence in such a horrible reality.

Pacing was a little slow in the beginning but it started to pick up afterwards. I liked how the entire world wasn’t explained in one huge chapter but bit by bit from several characters. The story is mostly about surviving and what needs to be done to achieve that.

Not a Drop to Drink is a wonderful addition to the apocalyptic genre where the harshest realities are mixed with the question to be morally right.

reading progress



Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. (5)
You weren’t taught any different, but it used to be that people helped each other. (157)
I’m not going to kiss you like your mother. (214)
Nothing’s nobody’s out here, little girl. Those that can, take. And there ain’t no justice or higher power to appeal to. (303)




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