Book review: Not A Drop To Drink


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….

First line of the book: “Lynn had to kill her first man at the age of nine.”

Title: Not a Drop to Drink
Author: Mindy McGinnis
My edition: Published in 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books, with 309 pages.
Age: Young Adult (15+)
Series: Not a Drop to Drink (2 in total, so far)
Genres: Young Adult, Science fiction, Dystopia and  Apocalyptic

This book looked so amazing on the cover. I just love the cover, and I thought that the plot sounded so interesting, I just knew that this was going to be a book I would like.

I loved the plot at first sight. I think that this apocalyptic plot is realistic. I mean, it’s realistic that we would lose our water sources, and that water would become the next big problem. That was also why I picked up this book, because it seemed so realistic and interesting.

I feel like writing is good. I like it. There are som good descriptions, and I like the fact that she gives the characters some dialect through the writing. The main problem though, is that I feel sometimes when I read the monologue that I have a hard time overlooking the fact that some spellings are “wrong” because of the dialect. And therefore it becomes kind of hard to read the book.

I feel like the characters are likable in a way. Lynn, the main character is naive because her mother taught her to see things as her mother. Every day was a new day trying to survive and Lynn was taught that this was the only way of life. Lynn’s mother, Lauren is harsh and cold, but after reading this book I kind of understood why. Stebbs, the neighbor is what I would consider necessary for the story, he’s important, but when we meet Eli and Neva and Lucy, I kind of lost interest. First of all because Eli and Neva aren’t important to this book at all, they’re just there, keeping McGinnis’ writing going. They’re not interesting, all though I liked Lucy, she was still unnecessary in a way.

The ending was weird, and bah, I hated it. All though my edition included some short stories at the end, I just couldn’t be bothered trying to read them.

This book, was what I would call an utter waste of time. And it’s so terrible to say so, because it has such a good plot, but it just doesn’t work with the very dull storyline. I’m sure McGinnis is a wonderful writer, but I was having great expectations out of this book because of its cover and plot, and when it just doesn’t work, it isn’t a good book. I did finish the book, even though I was so close giving up the entire time. I did enjoy some parts, and that’s why this book gets that extra half-star. I feel like the worst person ever, because I rarely give books under a 2 unless I just couldn’t finish them.

I love the cover, it’s interesting, it makes my eyes stop by it in the store, and that’s what a good cover should do. It’s just sad that the exterior doesn’t match the interior.

Favorite quote: There’s a famous line from a poem about the ocean,” Mother had finally said to end the discussion. “‘Water water every where, but not a drop to drink.”



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