Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

13112869 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 320 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

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.


If you’re thinking this book is action packed with lots of gory descriptions, killing, and blood…I’m sorry, you are wrong. That’s what I was expecting too. Instead, this book is about survival and staying low-key. Not a Drop to Drink disappointed me a bit because I was really hoping for lots of action scenes with lots of blood since people are fighting for water. The protagonist, Lynn, is the only one with a house that has a pond at the backyard of her house. Since there’s not enough water to suffice everyone in this dystopian world, people are trying to get into Lynn’s property.

The characters were okay for me; I didn’t really feel close to them, and I feel like I was just reading and not being with them if that makes sense. I did not feel like I was part of their world. I guess I was just shocked that this book was focused on drama instead of something action packed like The Hunger Games. However, I do like the relationship between Lynn and her mother. I love how Lynn’s mother have high hopes and she isn’t a mother who’s like “BS this BS that there ain’t no water. Peace! *Shoots herself*”. Instead, her mother is really kick ass and ready to kill whoever tries to raid their house and pond. Overall, I do like the concept of having a world where there is not a lot of water left. I just think the world building could have been developed more. The story focused just on Lynn’s story, and we don’t really get to know much of what’s going on outside of Lynn’s situation except that people are looking for more water.

3.5 of 5

15 Responses to “Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis”

  1. 1 Pamela D January 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I agree this book seems like it should be more action packed than it is. 😦

  2. 3 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence January 31, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Wow, that’s the first 3 star review I’ve read of this book. I think I’ll like it because of the survival aspects, but yeah I guess you think there’ll be more action in there. Thanks for the honest review Leigh!

  3. 5 crini February 2, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Still haven’t come across someone who really loved the book. I’m not sure I if I want to read it.
    I don’t always need books to be action packed but with this book that would be what I expected. But maybe knowing that would prepare me and I would still like it. I don’t know… 😀

  4. 7 Nicole February 2, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    It sounds like this was a victim of hype for you. I personally loved this story – although the ending killed me – but I didn’t have any expectations. I agree there could have been more action, I was actually surprised by how little she actually had to fight for the water and how she could leave her house for periods of time and everything was (more or less) ok.

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

    • 8 Leigh (LittleBookStar) February 2, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Yikes, I don’t even remember the ending D: haha (I read + wrote this review about a month or two ago), but yeah, I really thought it was this action packed book about the main character killing off people who tries to take her pond. Yes, that surprised me too! There wasn’t even a lot of fighting scenes…it was more on how she survives each day.

  5. 9 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) February 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    I remember liking the book well enough but having some issues with it. I definitely agree about the world building thing. Ah, yep! Just check my review, I too didn’t connect with the MC well, either. I definitely thought it was pretty dark though, especially the ending 😦

  6. 11 Mel@thedailyprophecy February 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Interesting. I thought it would be more action-driven too, but the survival part sounds not bad! I think I like this aspect the most, because it COULD be real some day (terrifying idea)

  7. 12 Chantelle February 5, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Hmmm that’s disappointing, I was looking for some action too. I’m not too opposed to drama though, great review!

  8. 15 Book Nerd February 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Normally being such an action fan, I didn’t mind. I loved the relationships in this one and her writing was just so fluid.

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