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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062198513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062198518
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A high-quality survivalist story for readers who enjoy internal story arcs as well as external dangers. (Kirkus Reviews)

The intensity of action moves the story forward, but not at the expense of character development. The complex, authentic characters are neither fully evil nor unbelievably good. The honest and hopeful ending—while not “happily ever after”—will resonate with readers and leave them asking for more. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

Those in search of fierce female survivalist characters need look no further than this. (Booklist)

In an understated but gripping debut, McGinnis paints a stark picture of a world not far removed from our own, concentrating on Lynn’s gradual emotional growth as contrasted against the physical harshness of her existence. (Publishers Weekly)

A brutally beautiful debut, not to be missed. NOT A DROP TO DRINK is an unwavering story with incredible drama, danger, and power. This writer is for real. (Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series)

I can’t say enough good things about the writing, and the characterization. If you’re looking for grit, realism and heart, you found it. (Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood)

Deftly written, Mindy McGinnis’s NOT A DROP TO DRINK is a frightening picture of a potential future without fresh water, which left me ridiculously grateful for my working faucet. This post-apocalyptic survival tale is about so much more than just survival. I loved it. (Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy)

Set against the grim backdrop of an all-too-possible future, McGinnis’s very fine coming of age novel doesn’t stint on lifes hard lessons—or its triumphs. Lynn’s story is what Laura Ingalls Wilder might’ve penned if she’d traveled a frontier imagined by Cormac McCarthy. (Ilsa Bick, award-winning author of the Ashes trilogy and THE SIN-EATER’S CONFESSION)

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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 important, 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. 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, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a barren world not so different from our own.

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Not a Drop to Drink is Mindy McGinnis's debut novel and tells the story of Lynn, a sixteen year old girl living alone on a homestead in Ohio with her mother. It is set at some point in the future where oil has all but run out and the Earth's supply of fresh drinking water has all but run out. Lynn and her mother defend the small pond on their land by shooting anyone who goes near it. I know!

Their self-contained lifestyle is turned upside down when a small group of people settle by the stream a little way away from Lynn's home. The outsiders gradually insinuate themselves with Lynn and her similarly isolated neighbour, Stebbs until their way of life is threatened by a group of men who have settled in the next town over.

Lynn develops immensely as a character over the course of the book and goes from being hardened, gun-slinging and totally isolated from human contact to developing a sense of empathy and gaining a small, loyal circle of friends. There is a romantic sub-plot, but it doesn't overwhelm the book and mostly just shows how Lynn starts to develop her humanity.

The theme is very much of survival against all odds and there's a really interesting juxtaposition between the city, which we are only told about second hand, where it seems very future dystopia, very military-controlled, people all crammed in together and reminded me slightly of Divergent, and the outer areas, where it is very much a frontier lifestyle, even down to the way people talk. They shoot now and ask questions later and it reminded my a lot of the frontier moons on Firefly.
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I remember seeing Not A Drop To Drink around a lot of blogs when it first came out. I’m very late to read it, which is often the case with me! ;) I’m glad that I took the time to slot this book in my reading schedule because I thought it was an incredibly accomplished debut from an author that I’m now very excited about.

Not a Drop to Drink centres around Lynn and her mother Lauren. They live in near isolation in the basement of their farmhouse. They’re guarding their pond, which is a safe source of water. The world they live in is suffering from an extreme water shortage. Lynn and her mother are quite ruthless about what is theirs. Living in isolation has affected their interactions with others. They are incredibly cautious about those that approach them.

Not A Drop To Drink is a very character driven story. That’s not to say it’s not action packed. It is definitely full of action, but it is the characters that are at the forefront of this story. The world is nicely built, but it’s focused in on one small area which doesn’t give the reader too much to think about, yet it doesn’t feel like we don’t know enough. It feels like it’s left up to our own imaginations which is lovely.

I really liked Lauren and Lynn. Lauren seems like a really hard faced character, but actually, her main priority is making sure her daughter is okay, no matter what. There were some other strong characters in the book like Eli and Lucy who I don’t want to say too much about as it’s nice to experience their stories as they unravel.

I didn’t know a lot about this book before I went into it and I think that’s the best way to approach this book. I’m so excited to read the next book and catch up with this world.
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'Not a Drop to Drink' is the story of Lynn and her Mother who live alone and survive as they protect their only source of water – their pond, they have killed to protect it and will kill again if necessary. Lynn has never been to the city and has no inclination to do so but everything changes for Lynn after a coyote attack and then strangers appear.

I was pleasantly surprised with 'Not a Drop to Drink', the story was well written and it kept me interested to the very end. Lynn is a strong character, who at the start of the book I did not like but as the story progressed, I understood Lynn better, I know the feeling of putting your guard up to protect yourself. It's the arrival of Eli that changes Lynn, she begins to see people as people who need help and are not enemies, she learns to trust.

I loved how vivid the story was, you could see the pond, the farmhouse. The story at times is brutal which makes it more realistic, you never know what would you do if ever found yourself without water and no sign of more.

What I liked most about the book is how strong Lynn is, she does not need rescued, she makes her own decisions and protects the people she has grown to love.

The only flaw for me was the bad guys, you did not learn much about them.

A well written debut and I am looking forward to the sequel 'In a Handful of Dust' which is due for release 23rd April 2014.
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Didn't know what to expect. started to read it and by the end of ;the first line I was well and truly hooked. Can't put it down. I'm totally inside it. Different type of story to what I normally read. Would recommend to others. Easy to read. Lots of suspense. Half way through can't wait to finish it. Won't be lending it to anyone. Will read it again. Great and thanks for a racking book
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