Awesome things are happening today, blogglings, awesome things! My friend Zoe, from The Infinite To-Read Shelf, is here today. She’s reviewing Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. But you know what’s extra fabulous? I’m reviewing the same book over at her blog! Let’s see how our opinions compare, eh?
Thanks for coming, Zoe!
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….
“There’s a famous line from a poem about the ocean,” Mother had finally said to end the discussion. “‘Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis was just the kind of book I needed to read right now. It’s definitely one of those types of books that makes you stop and really think about how fortunate you are.
Our story follows 16-year-old Lynn. All Lynn knows how to do is to survive – even if it means killing. Lynn lives in a time where even though there’s lots of water, hardly any of it is drinkable – unless you have resources to purify it. Luckily, Lynn and her mother live near a pond – an invaluable water-source. But that pond comes at a cost. Lynn needs to know how to protect her pond from anyone who might try to steal it’s water – whether it be animals, other people, or Mother Nature.
“Do you want to die like this?” Mother had asked that night and every night since then. Lynn’s answer never changed. “No.” And Mother’s response; their evening prayer. “Then you will have to kill.”
I really enjoyed our protagonist Lynn. Lynn is definitely one of the most kick-butt heroines I’ve read about. The first time Lynn killed someone was when she was nine years old, and she’s not afraid to do it again if she believes someone is a threat to her pond – or her life.
As I’ve said, it’s pretty obvious that Lynn isn’t the warm and fuzzy type of person. (Although, with no social interaction – except for with her mother – for the past 16 years, I guess I can’t blame her for having a slightly hard time making friends)! It’s not until Lynn meets and teams up with other survivors that we see her go through a COMPLETE 180. She’s no longer the cold, harsh survivalist that we knew before. She shows she has the power to love, and to befriend people – but she just needed someone to force those qualities out of her.
Speaking of supporting characters, I felt that they were wonderful as well! They were all so realistic, and well-developed and just all so unique – they all felt like real people to me! We have such a variety of supporting characters in the story; each different from the next, and I must say that I was just blown away by each and every one of them! Stebbs is an amazing character – he’s sort of a father figure towards Lynn, and the leader of the group Lynn decides to stay with. Lucy is an adorably sweet and naive 5-year-old whom you couldn’t help but love. Eli is Lynn’s romance interest; and one of the first boys Lynn has ever talked too – much less the first person to ever make her blush. Their romantic subplot is small, and doesn’t “take over” the plot by any means, and I felt it was just the right amount of romance considering the storyline.
That isn’t to say that she didn’t have any world-building – she definitely did – but I felt there could have been a little more.
All in all, Mindy McGinnis definitely has a talent with creating wonderful stories. I LOVED this story of hers – the characters, the plot, the writing, everything – and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of survival fiction (I guess that’s what it’s categorized as?). You won’t regret reading it.
And Mrs. McGinnis – I’m looking forward to reading more of your stories in the near future. Because, if I could take one thing away from this wonderful reading experience, it would be that Mrs. McGinnis has pure talent, and I have no doubt she’ll be in this industry for years to come.
Don’t forget to jump over to The Infinite To-Read Shelf and check out my review of Not a Drop to Drink!