Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Series: Not a Drop to Drink #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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.
McGinnis does not baby readers, she tells it like it is through the strong voice of the main character, Lynn. Details are not glossed over, Lynn’s life and chance at survival are slim and this fact was never forgotten. None of the characters come out unscathed by the end, and I much appreciated the realism in this book. There is not an easy solution, but it is a very possible one.
Lynn was a character that I struggled to connect with at times, she’s been raised not to care about anyone or anything except her mother and her own survival. She’s killed by the age of nine, and will not hesitate to do it again. However, some events end up taking an emotional toll on her and we are able to see how vulnerable and human she is. You could definitely see how much she grows as a person by the end of the book.
There were a multitude of other characters in this book, and every one of them had significance. They each teach Lynn something about herself, whether it be to have humanity and show mercy, or teaching her how to love. This was definitely a good read.
Recommended for fans of HATCHET and other survival stories.
Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion. Mindy has a pond in her back yard but has never shot anyone, as her morals tend to cloud her vision.