Not A Drop to Drink is a debut novel from author Mindy McGinnis. I picked it up during a read along with My Friends are Fiction and Scott Reads It. At first I was afraid that this would have been an ill-timed book, particularly considering the heavy subject matter. But I ended up enjoying the hell out of this book int he best possible way. It was the epitome of a phrase I hate – a page-turner.
Lynn and her mother live in a small homestead near a pond. Her mother has always taught her to defend what is theirs and Lynn is at home with a rifle in her hands. The world has a shortage of water and the small life-giving pond is in constant need of defense. Lynn learned the hardships of life at an early age but when a personal tragedy changes everything she has to learn to adapt as well.
Not a Drop to Drink is an impressive and powerful debut. The depth that McGinnis layered into the narrative is evocative and lush. There is worldly quality to her narration that adds gravity and heart, and the tone was consistent throughout. This is such an intense situation, the ultimate battle for survival and these characters do more than merely survive… they thrive, and they grow.
Take Lynn for example. Lynn had tremendous growth throughout the book going from being ruthless to softening enough to show some semblance of mercy (to the right people). This is a difficult world and Lynn grows up knowing that she cannot be soft. So when the situation arises where she has to be out of her element she doesn’t know how to react. But Lynn can adapt to anything. She is resourceful and capable. It’s beautiful seeing this girl who has been isolated in harshness develop into a woman.
I cannot recommend this book enough. 5 out of 5 stars.
* Not a Drop to Drink releases September 24, 2013.
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