Not a Drop to Drink – Mindy McGinnis


13112869Regret 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 about a girl named Lynn who lives with her mom in a dystopia type of world where water sources are (obviously) low. If people want access to water, then they need to live in the city where the government rules with an iron fist and people must pay for the water access. People like Lynn, though, live outside the city limits where water is scarce, and they must fight to protect what little water they have access to. Lynn and her mother have been shooting and killing anyone who comes near their little pond for years. But that all changes the day that Lynn’s mother is taken away from her and she must defend her pond and her home by herself.

While on her own, Lynn starts to notice mysterious people and rumors of a militia around her territory. Through strangers and past acquaintances, Lynn must learn to love and trust when her mother has only taught her to do the exact opposite. But will love and trust help her survive or will it bury her in her grave like her mother always taught her?

Not a Drop to Drink is one of the best dystopian books that I have had the pleasure to read. It is raw, intense, powerful, all of those colorful words that surround it. This is a pure, 100% dystopian, though. It’s not a love story about two teens coming together and finding themselves in one another. This is a power struggle for freedom, pretty much. It took me awhile to finish it. Not because it was bad, but because it was SO intense that I had to be in the perfect mood to read it. It’s really the type of book that you should read when it’s rainy and wet outside and you just want to be tucked in on the couch reading a book.

For the most part there are not a bunch of major things that happen in this book. There’s are scenes toward the beginning, middle, and end that are very shocking and that made my heart pound at a million miles an hour. There are plenty of scenes that nothing major happens, but I didn’t really care when I was reading the book. No matter what happened, I still found myself interested in what was going on. I LOVED all of the characters so much that I didn’t care what they were doing. I just wanted to read about them. So when bad stuff happened to characters, my heart felt like it was being ripped in two. This book was so well-written, and the characters were so well-developed. I just….I loved it.

The ending of this book is shocking to say the least. I actually had reached the point where I thought that the ending of this book was going to be very predictable. In a way, it was. I did guess part of it. But I didn’t guess all of it, and I was flabbergasted by a couple things that happened. When I was reading the final few chapters, my mouth was pretty much just handing open. It was…omg…It was just so good. The ending is what made this book. Holy smokes. You just…wow. You’ll love it! And the epilogue!? I thought that this book was going to end in such a different way. I was wrong, and I love that!

Overall, I loved this book. Dystopian lovers are going to devour this book. Honestly, I want to see this one made into a movie. It was that good. Go. Read. This. Book!


Pages: 320

Publication Date: September 24th, 2013

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: [rating: 4]