Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Series: Not a Drop to Drink #1
Published by Katherine Teagen Books on September 24th, 2013
Genres: post apocalyptic, young adult
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Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold. New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut
First of all, I would like to thank Christina at Reader of Fiction for sending this over to me! I can recall just feeling iffy about the book when she offered it, and I took it because so many people on Twitter expressed their love. I finally took it off my shelf after another reader suggested it when I was looking for something in particular.
All I can say is this: Wow. I did not have high expectations for this book, so I was blown away when I was finished with this one!
For a dystopia, Not a Drop to Drink really struck me as realistic and very scary. Water shortage and a civil war over the precious liquid? It could happen. The characters were very enjoyable, and I love the secondary storyline tied into the plot.
What Was Good
◊ The main character and I share the same name! YAH!
◊ The whole cast of characters were very enjoyable and likeable. The story used a young child for the plot, and while I usually I tend to avoid this plot-trap, the story of Lynn and Lucy was very touching and warmed my heart.
◊ The romance was very endearing.
◊ I enjoyed the whole parent thread in the book. I want to avoid spoilers, but parentage and mentorship are both heavy themes of the book, and I believe most YA books tend to lack such elements. Most of the time, stories focus on heroism or finding your place, but leadership and responsibility are things I find absent from this genre.
◊ The backstory of the characters play an important role, and it sucked me right into the plot. It was very hard to put this one down.
◊ The realism of the book, and the looming conflict set up this dystopia to be very real. I honestly did feel a sense of fear and doom while reading this novel.
◊ The pacing. The story progression might bother some readers, but at times, I love to read a character-driven story while the conflict plays a lesser role. It was just perfect and right up my alley.
◊ THE ENDING! (no spoilers!)
What Was Meh
◊ Nothing. I cannot think of one thing I disliked.
Wonderful – Not a Drop to Drink is just wonderful.