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Published by Katherine Tegen Books (September 24th 2013)
Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold. New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut "not to be missed." With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.
Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: 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 when strangers appear, 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. . . . For more in this gritty world, join Lynn on an epic journey to find home in the companion novel, In a Handful of Dust.
“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.”
Overall, Mindy McGinnis pulled this world together really well, I find that in Dystopian, plot lines and story ideas get reused a lot because Dystopian is pretty specific in what can be or can't be considered part of Dystopia. A world with a lack of water has definitely been used before, and I've seen a lot of books about a ruined earth, but Not A Drop To Drink was one of the most unique Dystopian books I have ever read.
Just the simple fact that Lynn has been raised to believe that if you don't kill you don't live, such a young child those words are so harsh, and I can't barely imagine having to chose between murdering someone or dying myself. The prospect of the world is just so unbelievably grim, it's in a level of it's own. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was already very stark and bleak, and Katniss was forced to kill people to survive. If you think about it Katniss and Lynn practically had the same situation, it was either kill or be killed. But, Lynn on the other hand was practically raised on those words, while Katniss wasn't and she knew just how wrong it was.
In this book we get to see Lynn begin to soften while Katniss on the other hand began to harden. I feel that the world in Not A Drop To Drink really strikes home, it makes me wonder about the people who don't get enough water and how their lives are. For a debut book, Not A Drop To Drink is very powerful and remarkable, at first I was hesitant to start this book, but I quickly fell in love with Mindy McGinnis's writing.
Lynn and Eli's relationship was cute, but it was kind of Instalovey, this was really the only problem I had with this book. And the fact that Lynn falls in love with the first boy she meets is kind of cliche. However, I have to admit that watching Lynn discover love was one of my favorite parts of the book. I know you guys are going to hate it but, I'm glad Eli died, I feel so bad saying that. But, in most books the author doesn't even think about killing the main character's love interest, or if he/she dies they "magically" reappear.
Eli's death was so stark and real, I feel like the author did the right thing in killing him. At first I couldn't believe it and actually got mad for a while but then, I realized that that is just life and in a world like theirs someone is bound to die.