By: Melanie | September 7, 2013 | (19) Comments

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnisNot a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Series: Not a Drop to Drink, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

What will our world be like in a few decades’ time? Will it be thriving with the interminable technology? Or will it be in decay from a Word War III, on the brink of extinction? Or, would our world be one with water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?

“Water water every where, but not a drop to drink.”

Mindy McGinnis, invites readers into her imagination view of what the world will be like with water still around, yet undrinkable due the a waterborne, contagious disease, Cholera. Which is why there may be water, but there’s not a drop, drinkable. With the exception that you know how to purify it. Lynn and her Mother have been living in the same place for a long time now, and the reason they don’t move is because they have a pond which acts as their water source. Lynn has been protecting the pond ever since she was a young girl- shooting anyone or anything that dared to take a step near the pond. Water is treated like gold. It is everyone’s key to survival.

The characters of Not A Drop To Drink were the best thing about this novel. Lynn has been protecting her pond from every threat that defies it. Brought up by her Mother, all she’s ever know to do is survive. And she’s damn good at it. I haven’t read a novel with such a ass-kicking female in some time so I haven’t had much to compare to. She’s brutal, but not too brutal. Selfless, but not too selfless. Sure, she has a few tiny flaws not worthy of mention but that is what helped define Lynn furthermore. This is not only Lynn’s story though. This is also the cute and hopeful, Lucy’s. This is also the humorous, Stebbs’ story. And this is also the swoon-provoking, Eli’s story. Each of them play an important part to this novel and Mindy McGinnis’ characters were so vivid and authentic that they leapt out of the page.

With the ingenious and thoughtful idea and plot line, the romance was fitted in perfectly- slipped right into place. I actually considered not mentioning this aspect if it weren’t for the excuse to talk about Eli more. Eli’s passion and heart made Not A Drop To Drink more likeable than ever. He’s not typical at all, people. He is utterly unique and just. No words.

The only qualm I have with Not A Drop To Drink- is the world building. It is there, but not significant or descriptive enough in my belief. Maybe it’s just me being insanely critical as my first thought when reading the synopsis was ‘Oh! World building will make this book shine.’ Nonetheless, Mindy McGinnis’ debut is a strong start to a promising writing journey. I’ll definitely be reading her future works.

Not A Drop To Drink, is quickly paced, heart-breaking and strangely real despite the dystopian setting. This book not only provides a fantastic story set in the distant future and kick-ass heroine, however also opens the reader’s eyes to see how essential drinkable water is and what life would be like without it.

Β ~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~

4 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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19 Responses to Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

  1. Stephanie B says:

    Eli! Oh the feels. I can’t believe she…. agh! Anyway, was I the only one who was freaking out there at the end? I didn’t think she’d actually do it and then she did and I was like, Mindy! I agree, Lynn was (for the situation) perfectly balanced.

    Fantastic review!
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  2. Annie says:

    This sounds pretty great – right up my street. Character driven, awesome romance. πŸ™‚ Yey! Love your review hun.
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  3. Fantastic review, Melanie! I love he way you describe the characters and I agree that this YA world needs some books that bring young adults to become aware of water and it’s essentiality to life. I’m not too concerned about world building so I think I’ll love this one.

  4. Amelia says:

    Quickly paced and heart breaking? This is my type of book! I love they way you described Eli and the romance- lol I’m such a romantist. Sounds great! Fabulous review, chickie! πŸ™‚

  5. “The characters of Not A Drop To Drink were the best thing about this novel”

    I totally agree! It even felt slightly more character-driven to me than plot. I love the way you have described Lynn here. And I do also understand what you mean about worldbuilding, but I don’t think it bothered me too much. Definitely not as much as it would have in any other book, anyway.

    Fantastic review, Mel! <3
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  6. Alise says:

    I absolutely love a book that has great characters. Although the world building sounds like it could use some help, if the other parts are good then it should more than make up for it. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  7. Lyn Kaye says:

    This one looks so freaking good!! Thank you for the review!
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  8. I could see some flaws in the world building like how water was deadly in earlier centuries so people drank wine.

    But, it doesn’t really matter, because I love any book with amazing relatable characters to love and an exciting plot. Thanks for a splendid review!
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  9. I’ve been hearing so many great things about this book. I can’t wait to read it. Great Review!
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  10. Benji says:

    Fantastic review, Melanie. This one sounds like a gem.

  11. Great review, I’ve heard a lot about this one too! But my mind cannot comprehend HOW the world cannot survive without water to drink? Ah wells, maybe I’ll have to check it out to see how its done!
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  12. Laureen says:

    This one is on my TBR list, it sounds really good and I love a good, strong dystopian novel. Great review!
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  13. Fatma Shahin says:

    This is such an unexplored idea. I love the premise and I’ve seen it on a couple of booktubers’ videos lately. So excited for this one, everything about it screams amazing! great post and review. πŸ™‚

  14. Hah, it’s so funny because we had the EXACT opposite reactions to this book, Mel! I thought the world-building was pretty well done overall, at least in the aspects she chose to focus on, but I didn’t feel much of a connection with the characters at all. That Eli storyline was killer, though. Was not expecting that.

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  15. Rachel says:

    This idea is frightening because it sounds like something that could actually happen. Yet, this sounds like an exciting read. Wonderful review, Melanie! πŸ™‚
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  16. I agree with you on the world-building, Melanie. I kind of wanted more background as to HOW the world got the way it did. I really love your honest review though, and I’m glad you enjoyed it for the most part!
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  17. I love a good bit of brutal! My friend has this to read and I’m looking forward to what she things as well. I will probably have to snatch it up now!
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