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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
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

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 fa
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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 w
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jodi Meadows
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-blurbed
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.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink”

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I noticed Not a Drop to Drink still sitting on my “Currently Reading” shelf this morning. Uhhhhh, I read it last Fall. I’m pretty sure I even wrote a review about it . . . but I obviously didn’t bother posting said review anywhere or saving it. I think I need to start taking some Gingko every day for my memory problems : (

Anyway, I read this book a long time ago and I think you
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
Whitney Atkinson
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
4.5 stars

This was interesting, believable, and worked very nicely as a standalone (even though I know it's a series).
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
“Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.”

I'm still reeling over this book.

You've heard it all before. A dystopian, tough female character trying to survive, blah blah blah. Wait, what? This one was actually good?

If you're tired of cheesy and unrealistic YA I don't think you'll be disappointed by this book that stood out in an overcrowded genre. I can't describe my love for it enough - the fantastic narrator, heart pounding plot, and desperate survival atmosphe
Ellen Gail
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
She twisted underneath him, bringing her knee into his groin and pulling her knife from her boot.
"Mother taught me to carry a knife for always."
She left him holding his intestines in disbelief as she disappeared down the hill, his gun tucked securely in her waistband.

Dramatic voiceover voice: In a world where clean drinking water is scarce, supplies are limited, and disease is flourishing, a mother and daughter must fight to hold on to their water, their family, and their lives.

I totally fell in
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Trina (Between Chapters)
Re-read in April 2016.
New rating: 5 stars forever and always.

This world still feels so utterly real. It still evoked a lot of emotion from me the second time. There was one character I'd forgotten completely, so that was a surprise.

Loved watching Lynn's character arc. She goes from being raised this completely heartless killer to growing a conscience and letting people in. Watching her walls comes down makes me feel so proud of her!

It's full of death and gore and gritty things, but there's also
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mindy McGinnis' "Not A Drop To Drink" is one phenomenal debut novel. It's a gritty survival story with a beating heart - meaningful, moving and intelligent. A no-nonsense depiction of a post-apocalyptic world in which the rivers have dried up and the thirst, hunger and desperation are all that's left.

This is a powerful story. A rare gem among YA books that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Filled with incredible insights, memorable quotes, and emotionally affecting moments, it gripped
Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)
*Read this as an e-book via Scribd!*

T/W- Death of newborn baby, Suicide, Violence

What... the actual heck just happened? I've been feeling super confused about what was actually going on with Lynn as a main character that I personally found quite unlikeable. The storyline involves a pond being kept watch on by Lynn and her Mum, who try and shoot towards any strangers who get close to their lands. Until the day that everything changes and new responsibilities are placed onto Lynn's shoulders. I re
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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
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
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Regina by: Flannery
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
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
Post Apocalyptic / Apocalypse books are my first love (followed by phycological thrillers) but I find myself 90% of the time skimming over the violence and fight/action chapters because they feel never ending and repetitive.

This book however was such a beautiful surprise! I loved it! I love the way the author wrote. You do not need an action movie in a book to make a lasting impact.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.

Kat (Lost in Neverland)





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
A.G. Howard
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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*
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great, yet sad, character driven book. There is very little fast paced action, yet I found the story very immersive. The events and the water-deficient world created were, unfortunately, highly believable. Overall, a contemplative and somber look at what our world could be facing down the road.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
shady boots
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meh-it-was-okay
That ending actually saved this book from getting a 3 star rating.

Sweet lord, did I take ages to finish this. It was partly the book's fault, because it draaaaaagged a lot, but I can honestly say that it was mostly me and my lazy ass at fault. I don't know what the hell's up with me lately but I've been lazy as hell when it comes to reading.

But anyways, yeah, I was kinda underwhelmed reading this due to the many many glowing reviews I've seen. It was definitely a really good book, but I personal
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Wendi Lee
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*

Trigger warning for rape and sex slavery.

Lynn has never had a normal life. In this post-apocalyptic world, "normal" can vary widely, but Lynn's mother taught her to survive and to never let her guard down. But when Lynn's mother dies, Lynn is suddenly thrust into circumstances she'd never experienced before. Her closest neighbor, Stubbs, introduces her to a family living at a nearby stream. Newly escaped from the city, they're starving and unable to take care of themselves. Lynn know
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse, ya, udate
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
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where to begin? I have a lot of thoughts on this book but I am struggling putting them in order. I know I deeply enjoyed this story yet I still have so much I am wondering about at the same time. So my rating for this is actually more like 3.5 stars.

Let me start off with saying the I loved the style in which this book was written. It is rich, deep and meaningful. It drew my into the story, creating a very vivid portrayal of Lynn's life. Not many young adult novels seem to have to practical dept
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Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy.

While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.

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“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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