Review: Not a Drop to Drink

Book Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinny
Genre(s): YA, Dystopia, Post-apocalyptic 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date:  September 24, 2013
Source: Finished copy from the publisher, Thank you!
Rating: 3/5 stars!
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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.


Not a drop to drink is one of my anticipated books last year. The dark, wicked and dangerous synopsis sold me. It was right up my alley, so I was so giddy when I received a package from Harper Collins, containing this lovely book! Thank you so much! 

When you're living in a world where water is scarce, you would do anything to conserve what is left of it. Lynn and her mother have been protecting their pond from coyotes, people who sought a drink and other dangers. The pond is the only source of water that kept them alive for years and that's why they're left with no choice but to kill those who trespasses their property or they'll die.

Lynn is thoughtful but sometimes forget to think before to act. In the end though, she reconciled her wrong doings. She can be narrow-minded, which I believe she got from her mother. But when Lucy entered her life, her way of thinking changed. She's open to more possibilities and she's starting to trusts those people around her. Lynn's naivety to guys was funny! I couldn't help myself laughing whenever she got into a conversation she didn't know about, like flirting. Haha!

Lucy played a big role in Lynn's life. Her innocence, frank and jolly personality emits warmth to the house making Lynn, Eli and Stebbs hopeful and warmed-hearted. 

Eli is such a cute guy! He's sweet and funny. My heart was flipping when Lucy and Eli had conversations. It was super cute and awe-inspiring. Although, I thought this book has less romance to it. I NEED MORE ELI AND LYNN! 

This book started draggy and uneventful. Lynn and her mother stayed mostly in the premise of their house looking out for threats. They occasionally went hunting but comes back immediately. And that became a routine between them, leaving me bored and tired. But then all of a sudden, the author reeled me back to the story with detailed gory scenes and unexpected plot twists! My mouth agape with incredulity! I was hooked!

Sadly, those twists didn't last long. Nothing much happened and that made me stuck in a love-hate relationship with this book. Despite its flaws, I'm excited for the next book to come out. 

Mindy McGinnis isn't afraid of killing her characters! She surprises you with her knack of stealthy writing, if that makes sense. Lol.  

Not a drop to drink didn't disappoint. It has potentials and has a lot to offer, all you need is patience and perseverance in reading it! 

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