Monday, 21 April 2014

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1) by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Lynn lives with her mother in the basement of their house by a small pond. There is a water shortage and so Lynn and her mother must defend their small water supply from anyone who would try to steal it from them.
How long can Lynn and her mother protect their pond? And will they ever let anyone else into their lives?

This was an interesting dystopian story, but there were just too many irritating little anomalies that made this less enjoyable.

Lynn was an okay character, but her mother had raised her maybe a little too hard. She seemed to see everyone who wasn’t her mother as an enemy, and maybe was a little too harsh at times. Her fire now, and think later attitude seriously got her into trouble.

The storyline in this was okay, and there were several exciting and unexpected moments, but the world-building just let it down a bit. I thought there just wasn’t enough information about how this water shortage had come about, and what the situation was. Lynn and her mother had been living by this pond for over 16 years, and a lot can happen in 16 years! I really wanted to know what was going on in the world, and how Lynn and her mother fit into this situation.

There were also other random little unexplained things that began to bother me in this book. Where did they get their coffee and hot chocolate from? Why was it okay to leave the pond unguarded one minute, and not the next? Why would you rinse animal blood off in your pond when it’s your only source of water? What do they use for a toilet? How did two women manage to get a piano into the attic?! Why do they never run out of petrol or bullets? Why was there even a water shortage in the first place? Why was there a limit on how many children you could have?

There was a touch of romance, but nothing much, and it wasn’t really a main storyline.
The end was okay, but I felt like there was a lot left unanswered. I think I will read the next book though, as I did like the story overall. I was a little upset with the sad thing that happened at the end though.
Overall; okay dystopian story, but too many unanswered questions.
6.75 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Those are good questions. I hate when dystopians leave so much unanswered. But I want to read this one too.