Not A Drop to Drink

Not A Drop to Drink

Book - 2013
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Sixteen-year-old Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes.
Publisher: New York :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062198518
Branch Call Number: YF MCG NVD
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm


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PimaLib_SamR May 10, 2017

This teen novel initially caught my eye on two levels. First, the title derives from a line of one of my favorite poems: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge. Second, the cover has a pond in the foreground with a lone farmhouse behind it, an ominous sky above and barren land all around. I couldn’t help but take a peek inside where the opening line both intrigued me and horrified me.
Living where water is a precious resource, I was easily drawn into the post-apocalyptic world of Lynn who has known no other, where water is worth fighting over and everything is scarce-food, gasoline, batteries, medicine, clothes, you name it. Lynn’s mother raised her alone, taught her to survive and to trust no one. But when her mother dies, she is forced to reach out to her only “known” neighbor, which ultimately results in emotional growth.

Mar 24, 2017

Not a Drop to Drink is a thrilling story of a girl and her story of survival in a place with limited water. The descriptions are beautiful and he dialogue is abrupt which creates a well-rounded story with all the necessary parts to be good. While the first half is slow and overly wordy the end is action packed and descriptive. An ever changing thriller that will leave you speechless.

Sep 22, 2015

Not a Drop to Drink was an interesting dystopian novel. The writing was fairly simple, but the characters were complex and evolved throughout the novel. It really is set apart from other popular novels of its category, with different, but good tones. The plot twists were well done, and the entire novel felt authentic. It is a comfortable and quick read for avid readers. 3.5 stars.

Feb 21, 2015

Took me awhile to get into it (kinda boring at the beginning...) but near the halfway point of the book I just couldn't put it down...well written and a great outlook on what the future is gonna look like... :)

Jan 04, 2015

Usable water has been scarce for a few decades and Lynn's mother taught her how to survive in this new world, protecting what they've got with guns against all comers. Anyone besides themselves is suspect. When Lynn has to accept help from the nearest neighbor, Stebbs, she also ends up taking in a 5-year-old girl and helping the girl's mother and uncle. Lynn didn't think she had any room in her life or heart for compassion or love, except for the hard, flinty kind her mother taught her, but she does find room for both. She puts her survival skills to use to protect her new family.
Fast-paced even though it takes place mostly on one farm in Ohio. Full of emotion and memorable characters.

bandblair Oct 14, 2014

Really well done. Like The Road, but for teens. Excellent character development.

May 07, 2014

Mindy McGinnis has created a believable world where a water shortage has made people paranoid, for good reason. The plot keeps moving, the characters are well defined and the writing is consistent. Excellent novel.

Apr 01, 2014

A lot of people had commented that it's depressing and I've heard from others that it's sad. I like that. The reality of the whole situation, the character's emotions: grief love, etc. I love it all.

Mar 29, 2014

Grim, grim, grim. There is actually a lot to this--a lot of plot and a lot of character development packed into a world gone claustrophobically small due to a catastrophic and ongoing water shortage--and the story does redeem itself in the end. But there is an awful lot of grimness to slog through at the beginning, so much that it's hard to care about characters for whom there is so little hope, so little reason to hope. And while the protagonist's growth is certainly hard won and well earned, it's not written entirely convincingly. This is worth reading if you enjoy this sort of thing--it's above-average teen dystopian fiction--but if you're not already a fan of the genre, this book won't make a convert of you.

Feb 08, 2014

this wasn't bad. in fact it was pretty good. but this was so depressing it hurts to think about it. T^T

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Aug 07, 2017

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Mar 29, 2014

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Aug 06, 2017

"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 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. "



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Aug 07, 2017

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