Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:46

Review 289. Mindy McGinnis – Not a drop to drink.

13112869Title: Not a drop to drink.
Author: Mindy McGinnis.
Pages: 320.
Published: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books.
Sort: Part #1. Not a drop to drink.
Source: I won a giveaway on Reviews from a bookworm.
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, night time threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
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I remember reading the blurb and later on seeing the cover; I knew I had to own this book. I’m not sure what happened after that moment, because I never got a copy until now. Thanks to Reviews from a bookworm, I was introduced to the amazing and terrifying world of Not a drop to drink.

Lynn and her mother manage to survive because of their pond. It’s a daily struggle to purify the water and to get enough food, especially with the winter coming. Lately there has been another treat: humans. Everyone would kill for a spot like that, but Lynn and her mother are ready for them – until Lynn is alone.

There isn’t much world-building, because we only have the information Lynn and her mother have, but that wasn’t such a problem. We know that there is a shortage of water, that people are dying because they drink contaminated water and you always need to be careful because people will steal your stuff and safe place if they get the chance. This is what I admire about the story; the constant treat, which makes the book very intense. There is the chance things will fall apart and you are always aware of the danger lurking around them.

Lynn is an interesting character. All her traits could easily make her a very unlikable character, but there was something about her that made me like her anyway. If she would read this, I think she would curse me, shouting she doesn’t need me to like her. She couldn’t care less about the opinion of others, it’s all about survival. She is cold, egoistic and practical, but I guess that’s because of her upbringing. Her mother always taught here she can’t trust anybody – and she should shoot first and think later. When Lynn is left alone we get to see how she develops and changes. She even accepts a little girl in her household called Lucy and she manages to develop feelings for a boy. We see that behind her strong and hard face, there is more.

Lucy is adorable and admirable. She has been through a lot, but never falls into whining too much. Lynn wouldn’t let her anyway, but despite their forced relationship, Lynn makes place for Lucy in a tiny soft spot in her heart. I liked their connection and how fiercely protective Lynn can be. The girl thrives under the care. I also liked Sebb, the lame neighbour across the field and Eli, who tried to take care of Lucy before she came into Lynn’s life.

If you like romance and think it’s essential, this isn’t the book for you. Mindy hardly touches the subject and she isn’t afraid to devastate you with a couple of turns in her storyline. But if you look for a very good apocalyptic book that feels realistic, this is the one for you. I also thought it had a very solid ending, but I can already tell you that the companion novel (that felt more like a sequel to me) lives up to the expectations and was just as good as this one. Keep an eye on the blog for the review of In a handful of dust.

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

35 comments:

  1. OOh nice review! Was starting to get curious about this one! Starting to see it a lot more I think. I can't decide if I should read it or not. While romance isn't necessary for me, I do like some. Will have to continue to ponder on this one! Again, great review!

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  2. I love how you said that you remember reading the blurb and later on seeing the cover; and thinking that you had to own this book. especially not knowing what happened afterwards and ending up not reading it. That's exactly what happened with me as well, so your review serves as a lovely little reminder! I'm so glad that you really liked the story! (I'm going to try and buy this as soon as possible!)

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  3. Yes, this book was full of awesome! I absolutely loved how real world felt to me and the characters were also pretty darn awesome. I agree with you on In A Handful of Dust--felt like a sequel to me as well. The author is pretty darn good at pulling twists at the last minute and leaving us a little heartbroken.

    Lovely review, Mel! <33

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  4. Ooooh lovely review Mel! I definitely need to check this one out for myself, I've heard wonderful things and your experience with it just proves it's the book for me. I love a good apocalyptic read, especially when they're realistic and not too focused on fluff and romance. And when books stick the landing with a solid ending? Even better! Thanks for the reminder about this one, with sooo many books on the tbr shelf sometimes you forget about good ones after a bit. I'll be moving this one up the list :)

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    1. Yeay! No problem. I always like apocalyptic books, but some of them all feel the same and this offered something new.

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  5. I don't mind if there isn't much of a romance in a story, so don't think I would be too bothered that it was hardly touched upon here. Lynn sounds like such a strong character, one that I can't wait to meet. So glad you enjoyed this Mel. I look forward to reading your review of In a Handful of Dust! :)

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  6. I enjoyed this one partially because the romance wasn't such the focus (but I was still devastated! Lol). Awesome review, can't wait to see what you think about Handful of Dust! I think Lucy would be an interesting character to follow. :)

    Amber Elise @Du Livre

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  7. This book sounds amazing!! I've heard nothing but great things about it. Your review has me even more anxious to read it. Is it strange that I like the unlikable main characters sometimes? I don't know why but the unlikable ones tend to be even more descriptive and fascinating. The premise sounds great, if a bit horrifying. So it seems this isn't a series? I need a break from series... I'm glad there's not a heavy romance aspect. It seems that every book has one these days, it's great to see that a book can still be amazing without tons of romance. Lovely review, Mel!!

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    1. Sometimes I really like them too. It's the same with villains. They aren't meant to be liked, but you still can't stop feeling something for them. If you want, you could always read this one as stand-alone. The story is completely resolved :)

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  8. I love that there is little romance. I checked this out from the library but never got around to reading it. I'll definitely have to check it out again though! I definitely need to find a good apocalyptic novel.

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  9. I love this book so much. XD I was so excited when I heard the author was writing a sequel (well, I guess that's now "written" since it's out...lol). I think I heard about NaDtD from a list of read-this-if-you-like-the-Hunger-Games. Which doesn't make a lot of sense becuase it's totally different. But I guess the survival side?? Hmm.
    I loved Lynn! I loved how tough and serious she was, and totally unapproachable. I like how it didn't focus 100% on romance like most YA books. It was different. Kind of refreshing. :)

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    1. THG? I don't see that either, only the survival part.. But they have nothing else in common.

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  10. Mel, it took your review to spark my interest in this one! Until I now I kind of passed this one over. It sounds like a great character driven survival story!

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  11. Great review Mel. <3 I'm glad you loved this book. Though I don't get why you did, lol, as I kind of hated it a bit :( Sigh. But yeah, so many have loved it. <3 just not for me :( I didn't think any of it was good. Sniffs. And that romance! UGH. It still pisses me off, lol :D But, I am glad you managed to enjoy it, despite those parts :) Thank you for sharing. <3

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  12. I remember looking into reading this and never getting around to it because I kind of went off the 'traditional' dystopian books. But but BUT it sounds so gooooooooood, I'm going to reconsider.

    And I like that romance wasn't a focus. I feel like too many dystopians are just romances in disguise and it's a little trite!

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    1. I would highly recommend checking it out Allie!

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  13. Ohhh, I've been looking forward to this book for a while, and now I'm definitely going to have to read it. I'll definitely keep an open mind about the main character, sounds kind of like we are made to hate her (in a way). Sounds like such an interesting concept that isn't too far fetched that it won't be confusing because we are given so little information about the outside world. Great review!

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  14. oh i think it would be such a refreshing read if this didn't have romance (which you said the author barely touches). That actually makes me want to pick it up even more! I've had my eyes on this and I think i'm adding it to my to buy list for my next book outlet haul (which isn't going to happen until minimum december). Thanks for the review! I'm ok with characters that might not be 100% likable.. i mean.. half the time I don't even like myself so it's ok :P

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  15. I'm actually happy that this story has practically 0 romance in it, it's a nice change of pace from all of those love triangles! Any author that nails the apocalyptic theme is a winner in my books, and a good ending never hurts either. Lovely review!

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  16. I read this one a little while back, and really loved it as well! The storyline itself was simple but powerful, and I found Lynn to be a strong character. I find the premise really freaky though because I live in California, and right now we're having a huge water shortage; so this could easily become our world in 20 years. *shudders* Anyhow, definitely looking forward to seeing what you think of A Handful of Dust! Thanks for sharing Mel, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

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    1. Wow, I didn't know about that! That makes this story a lot more realistic huh?

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  17. I bought the Kindle version of this book and am just waiting for the moment I'm in a post-apocalyptic mood to get the chance to read it; it sounds really fantastic! And I actually like it when readers only know as much information as the protagonists do - I think it really helps readers focus on the story at hand and makes it feel more believable. I've heard that many people were disappointed that there was a sequel/companion novel, but that's wonderful you were able to enjoy the second book just as much! Looking forward to reading this soon. :)

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    1. You could always read it as stand-alone, because the story is wrapped-up nicely. I think the sequel was a great idea and I loved it.

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  18. So happy you enjoyed Not A Drop to Drink. Unfortunately, I found this book a bit boring and the characters flat. I agree how there's not much world building and that really bothered me. The pacing was just too slow for me also. I do have an ARC of the 2nd book but I'll probably read it someday.

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  19. Great review, Mel! I've heard such amazing things about this book. I'm not sure it's for me - I know how it ends with the romance, and that's just not my thing haha - but maybe at some point...
    Glad you loved it! And the sequel it looks like too. :)

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  20. Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed this one Mel! I've heard so much about this book but have yet to actually pick it up yet. I'm glad Lynn is one of the more stoic characters, because that actually suits the survival post apocalyptic genre well. Lovely review!

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  21. A post-apocalyptic novel that DOESN'T focus on a relationship? I'm sold. I need this book now.
    Lynn does sound like an interesting character, and she does sound like a character you normally wouldn't like. But probably because of the situation she's in, her personality actually works.
    I'm off to buy this one now. Thanks for the brilliant review, Mel! :D

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  22. YAY! I am so happy that you enjoyed this one! I just could not get enough of this book. The romance is barely there but I loved it so much. This book taught me to not trust Mindy McGinnis, she's not afraid to break my heart, which she does over the course of both books. Great review :)

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  23. This book sounds amazing, and I'm glad that there is very little focus on romance. Especially in an apocalyptic world because that's the SMART way to go about it. I'm been meaning to pick this book up for ages, and your review has convinced me I need to hurry up and purchase a copy. Lovely review Melanie :)

    Joy @ Thoughts By J

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  24. Gosh the ending of Not a Drop to Drink was devastating for sure! But this book was fantastic. So intense!

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