Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)
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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 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 fo...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May

Survival. Sometimes it isn't about a dramatic fight to the death in a deadly arena that is being controlled by sadistic morons who want to create some good TV. Sometimes it isn't about demons and monsters and all those things that go bump in the night and are secretly trying to drag you off to some hellish dimension. Sometimes the biggest threat to survival is a lack of that which so many of us take for granted. If you pictured the end of the world as a loud affair, full of guns, bombs or falle...more
Jul 15, 2013 Flannery rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Last Survivors series, Blood Red Road, and gritty comtemporary YA
In Not A Drop To Drink, Mindy McGinnis has envisioned a futuristic United States in which access to water is strictly controlled. The population has been decimated by diseases including (but not limited to) cholera due to overcrowding in cities, the aforementioned water situation, and the strain on resources. In terms of YA dystopian “explanations,” I found McGinnis’ world to be very real and very possible, especially the lack of antibiotics once people were forced to move into organized cities...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
Actual rating: 3.5
“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.”
A YA dystopian with beautiful stark writing and a strong female lead that got gradually worse the further one gets into the book. The book started off so well, but got impeded by a needless romance and a very strong heroine who grew increasingly insipid. The world building was vague,...more
“Lynn was nine the first time she killed to defend the pond.”

There’s something quite simple and unassuming about this book. It’s a survival story through and through, but without the elaborate plot and ambitious futuristic setting. Not a Drop to Drink tells the story of Lynn and her mother, their rifles and their pond, and in a world where water access in cities is strictly controlled. It isn’t about the battles and the cruelty, or even the state of society, but, rather, the quiet and harsh rea...more
Jodi Meadows
My official comments:

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.

My unofficial comments:

This book.

Be ready for it.
This is a story about survival in a harsh, harsh world. It's not an action packed dystopian. It's not an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. It's the journey of a young girl who's discovering the ugly truths, but also the beautiful roots, of humanity.

Lynn has been raised inside a house with only her mother by her side. She was raised hard, and she was raised cold. Everybody is the enemy. Their pond is their only life source, so they must guard it with their lives. This is a world where drinkable wat...more
Some spoilers, nothing major.

It is highly frustrating when a book that screams potential fails to live up to it. Not a Drop to Drink could have been something bold and off-beat but alas, McGinnis just had to squeeze in unnecessary cliches and kill the originality.

Not a Drop to Drink describes an apocalypse that is chilling in its plausibility - no drinking water. In Lynn's world, having a pond in your backyard is akin to having an unlocked safe that everyone knows about and wants a share of. Sur...more
Aug 31, 2012 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: ya
Super excited to read the final version of this book. Mindy is fresh, snappy, and unexpected in her writing. She keeps you locked into the story with great characters, interesting turn of events, clever dialogue and a solid narrative that is sure to make her one of the greats in YA fiction. Reserve your copy early (I know I will) for 2013!
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Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.
"Water water every where, but not a drop to drink."

What will our world be like in a few decades' time? Will it be thriving with the interminable technology? Or will it be in decay from a Word War III, on the brink of extinction? Or, would our world be one with water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?

Mindy McGinnis, invites readers into her i...more
Not a Drop to Drink is the type of novel that would have never appeared on my radar if it were not for the enthusiasm of dozens of bloggers. In fact, I believe this is one of the few dystopian novels I've picked up since my string of disasters with debuts last year, so color me surprised to find that McGinnis manages to do this genre justice. Not only is her debut gritty and realistic, but it combines one of the best aspects of dystopia that seem to have been buried under endless love triangles...more

Have you ever gone through a drought? Maybe had your community pass around 'drought preparedness' fliers, or had to face fines for not following a watering schedule? I have and I found it really very ulcer inducing. I remember reading about when Georgia had a really bad one several years ago that had the water shut off for certain hours, and people with a set number of gallons to use a day; I remember being so thankful that I had never been through a drought. Last summer wasn't the first drough...more
The world of dystopia young adult fiction is pretty crowded right now. It is the what is the what in genre fiction. Given that, it is hard to find a book that is fresh and provides a perspective not yet covered by all of the post-apocalypse/dystopia books out there – it is pretty exciting to find one that is new. Not a Drop to Drink is that fresh perspective.

The book starts from the improbable premise of a young girl who is around the age of 16 and only knows one person in the world – her mothe...more
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I loved this so much!! Don't go into this thinking it's going to be action from the first page because it's not. It is slow and focuses on characters, but that is what I loved about this book. It definitely reminds me of the show The Walking Dead, but without zombies. It is about people and how they are surviving in this deteriorating world. I adored all of the characters, especially the main character Lynn. I love how they all come from different walks of life, but they ban together to mak...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Beautiful, realistic, and heartbreaking story about love, friendship, and survival. With a wonderful cast of characters and a very unique idea, Not a Drop to Drink is an unforgettable story that all fans of dystopian/post-apocalyptic books should read.

Opening Sentence: Lynn was nine the first time she killed to defend the pond, the sweet smell of water luring the man to be picked off like the barn swallows that dared to swoop in for a drink...more
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)





REVIEW TO COME. no pun intended, oh god

Lynn and her mother live in a world where water is a precious resource. Together, they watch over their pond from thirsty scavengers, shooting them down whether they're human or animal.

A tragic accident leaves Lynn on her own for the first time in her life. She must protect the pond from the dangers in the South and the threat of a new family living by the stream nearby.
In a world not far fro...more
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A copy of Not a Drop to Drink was provided to me by Katherine Tegen Books for review purposes.

Seeing that my one of my favorite genres is dystopian/post-apocalyptic, this was high on my expectations list. Post-apocalyptic became super popular in recent years and practically all the ways the world could possibly come to an end have been covered. A world where the water has been contaminated and clean water is a precious commodity? I had yet to read a book covering that so...more
Not a Drop to Drink was one of my most anticipated books of 2013. I mean, the title and cover were enough to get me salivating, and then the synopsis had me stalking this book like a....well, like a book lover wanting to get their hands on the book that was 'meant for them'.

Lynn and her mother, Lauren, live in near-isolation in their farmhouse, vigilantly guarding their pond - a safe source of water in a world that is suffering extreme water shortage. Keeping it isolated from others means that t...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I was a little skeptical in picking this book up being that I’m a burnt out on dystopian novels. I practically read every scenario there can be, so I had high expectations that this books will capture me. It did.

Plot: This is what really got me. I love the plot. You have this girl, raised hard (emotional & physically) during a time where water is gone. She lives out alone with her mother and they do everything for themselves. These girls are just WOW. Imagine being raised to kill in order to...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.75 out of 5

Not A Drop to Drink is a strong, well-written, and evocative read. It smartly captures and portrays a world without easily-accessible water, and McGinnis ably spins her story of survival in desperate times. Main character Lynn is a striking protagonist and a memorable one as she grows up in this world where cholera is once again a deadly force and the thirsty dead roam free. With her third person narration and the story's...more
Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
The title is what drew me to this book. The title “Not A Drop To Drink” led me to believe that this would be a creepy, survival story and so I was immediately drawn in. The cover is gorgeous. A lone barn with a pond in a dark atmosphere…hmmm.. Veryyy interesting…

So the story begins “Lynn was nine the first time she killed to defend the pond”

…UM YEAH!!! Hello Hunger Games! Lynn and her Mother are lone survivors on a small piece of land with one of the only watering ponds left and their entire e...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 starsOh crap, I just got a copy of this from the publisher after borrowing a friend's copy just to read, so I'm going to have to write a proper review.

In short, I liked this, but not quite as much as I hoped I would. Proper review to come.
A.G. Howard
This book! That ending!

It's like the muses of Steinbeck and Hemingway got together and had a literary love child. Sparse and grim. Loved it.

*scrambles into hiding to let brain decompress*
Frankie Brown
Aug 05, 2013 Frankie Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who liked LIFE AS WE KNEW IT.
This was an interesting read. I appreciated the setting and circumstances of NOT A DROP, and I adored Lynn, the main character. She is the personification of a survivalist, doing whatever necessary to protect her pond and the people she loves. I will always have a serious soft-spot for a kickass female protag. Her voice was also compelling, which is an impressive feat as the book is written in third-person past.

But I did have a small issue with the tense. The narrative felt slow in places, and...more
I'm taking a sustainability class in uni right now, where I recently learned how the melting of glaciers and ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic poles currently stands as one of the key environmental concerns plaguing our world. That may not seem like a huge concern, given that, hey, that means water's still around!

But that spells rising sea levels followed by displacement of coastal regions, flooding of once-ariable farmland, a substantial decrease in world food production... Flooding will w...more
Apr 30, 2013 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Emily Orr
Recommended to Laura by: Indie White Box/Publisher ARC
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins

A teen read that has very adult topics and appeal. I hestitate to call this a dystopian or post-apocolyptic novel (though it clearly is) because it is so much more. It is a story of survival, of self-imposed isolation, and the powerful desire to protect the one thing that matters, the one life-giving essential - water. A brutal and unflinching look at life lived outside the guiding hand of a civil authority, wh...more

“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.”
WOW. Just wow. This book? I'm not sure I can describe it as anything else but AMAZING! To be completely honest, I probably looked like this the whole time I was reading this:


...and this...


...but for reviewing purposes, I'm going to attempt to try and express my enjoyment and passion for this beautiful book. (The key word there is "attempt")!

Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars! This book ... My heart...

If you're going into this book expecting it to be an easy read, turn around now. Not A Drop to Drink is filled with drama, suspense, violence and things that will have you cringing. But the entire time I was reading, it never felt overdone or fake... it felt completely real to me.

This is ultimately Lynn's story, (told in third person). Her struggle to survive when pitting all the odds against her. I'm going to tag everything spoiler from here on down, just i...more
Annabelle Marie Veronica

Review to come when I pick myself up from the heap of years I have collapsed in.
Zemira Warner
Not a Drop to Drink is a book about survival, the natural selection, or survival of the fittest, more than it's 'just another dystopian novel'. McGinnis shows us another side of the post apocalyptic world where the battles aren't about being in charge but just defending what you build from scratch.

Lynn lives with her mother in a country where every drop of water matters more than gold. They have a pond which has been keeping them alive even before Lynn was born. They are though and trigger read...more
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I'm a YA librarian and author, represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary. My YA debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, is a survival tale set in a world with limited fresh water. It will be available from Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins, September 24, 2013.

I'm an avid blogger, posting six days a week to my personal blog, Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established au...more
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“There's a famous line from a poem about the ocean," Mother had finally said to end the discussion. "'Water water every where, but not a drop to drink.” 18 likes
“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.”
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