REVIEW: Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1) by Mindy McGinnis

not a drop to drink books keep me saneTitle: Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1)

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Genre: YA Dystopian

Release Date: September 24th 2013

Purchase: Amazon (Hardcover or Kindle)



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 those novels that can have a very strong impression on the reader. I has hooked right from the very first line.

Lynn was nine the first time she killed to defend the pond, the sweet smell of water luring the man to be picked off the barn swallows that dared to swoop in for a drink.

The book was beautiful in a sad way. The situation of the characters are very depressing but it was beautifully written.

“It seems like it’d be kind of nice not spending every living minute working against dying.”

As the story progresses you can see how the characters evolve. One of the most notable character growth is Lynn’s. Lynn was raised by her mother alone, her mother instilled in her that she can’t trust anyone and whoever tries to get near their pond or their house are bad people and should be shot on sight. You can’t blame her for being cold-hearted, that’s how she was raised.

But even though she was oblivious to compassion at first, she later learned in the story that it is not bad to care for other people. It’s only natural for people to look out for each other.

There are also parts in the book which are funny and adorable.

“You’re not going to try to have sex with me, are you?”

For the briefest moment, Eli was speechless and Lynn felt a flush running up her neck at the thought that she’d said something stupid.


“We’re going to have to find a shared vocabulary before I can flirt.”


“Yeah, it’s how a boy shows a girl that he likes her. Or vice versa,” he said pointedly.

Not a Drop to Drink makes you realize all the things you take for granted like the ones you love, a safe environment and most of all, water. After reading this novel you’ll never look at water the same way again. I never really thought how much important fresh water is to people, so important they won’t hesitate to pull the trigger if it means getting a sip of water.

I don’t think I can survive if I was on these characters’ situation. It was just too
extreme for me, not to mention it was too depressing.  Nonetheless it was a really great book with lots of lovable characters and great plot, I highly recommend it and I can’t wait for its sequel.


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