Book Review of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Posted February 17, 2014 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 16 Comments

Book Review of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnisNot 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
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.
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Wonderful – Not a Drop to Drink is just wonderful.



16 responses to “Book Review of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

  1. What makes this book really scary is how you can really see it happening in the future. As water is a basic need, I bet if ever the time comes, it will be even more valuable than gas or oil or coal or maybe even energy, so if it becomes scarce, you can just imagine the drastic steps nations will take just to get this. I hear Brazil and California are in a pinch regarding water D: Huhuhu

    The character-driven take in a dystopic world was certainly refreshing. I think this is one of the reasons why I loved this one as well!

    Great review! 😀

    Faye @ The Social Potato

    • I know, right??! It did cause me some anxiety when i read it, because I kept thinking “This is a real thing, this could actually happen.”

  2. Well, this sounds exciting!

    I tend to steer clear of dystopian books because most of the ones I have read have crappy worldbuilding and I cannot suspend my disbelief.

    So if there is something out there that makes actual sense, I’m keen to check it out!

  3. Amy

    I really need to get back to this book. I started reading it, but then a blog tour or something was coming up and I stopped to read a book for that and then never got back to it. I haven’t had a lot of luck with dystopian books lately so I think I just wasn’t in a rush to get back to it. After reading your review I know that I have to!!

    • Yes! This is a good dystopia. It did the field right by focusing on the local events while touching on a larger scale. I always think that dystopias do well when the author writes about the issues in a local setting. That is the imminent issue – every day survival.

    • It is an awesome gif. 😛

      I hope you do. It is a fast read and it is wonderful! I really hope you like it and I look forward to your review!

  4. Ahahahaha that GIF.

    But seriously, I have this just sitting on my shelves and I did not realize it was so short and you make it sound really good, with not a single meh thing and omg I love when parents play a role in books.

  5. YAY, I’m so glad that you loved this one! I thought it was amazing too. Although, unlike you, I didn’t find the romance endearing. I actually pretended that it didn’t exist, and that worked out well for me. I loved Lyn’s relationship with her mother and how much focus there was on that. Because really, she’s lived alone with the woman for her entire life, her mother is her entire world, and the focus was quite rightly on that.

    • It was! I like that Lynn wasn’t too social awkward, because she did have an inner sense that her mother was 100% right about her attitude towards others. It was a great balance.

      It was easy to forget about the romance. I think it was added just for the shock value.

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