Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McginnisNot A Drop To Drink by Mindy Mcginnis

Not A Drop To Drink

byMindy Mcginnis

Paperback | August 26, 2014

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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 "not to be missed." With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.

Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, 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. But when strangers appear, 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. . . .

For more in this gritty world, join Lynn on an epic journey to find home in the companion novel, In a Handful of Dust.

Mindy McGinnis is the author ofNot a Drop to DrinkandA Madness So Discreetand is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio. She cans her own food and graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English literature and religion. Mindy has a pond in her backyard but has never shot anyone.
Title:Not A Drop To DrinkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:August 26, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062198513

ISBN - 13:9780062198518


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not A Drop To Drink One of my favorite heroines, she tough, yet goes through a ton of emotional growth throughout the novel. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book, Sad Story There was a cute love story, with a turn of events later on. It was tricky to keep reading after that.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh It was kind of a let down. I expected this to be a lot better than what it turned out to be but that's just me...
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the better Dystopian Novels I loved the characters, I loved their dynamic and everything was just so great!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that great... I just couldn't get into the story and didn't find the characters interesting... Not a memorable read
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved this Loved this story. Excited to hear there is a sequel
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Debut Brilliance Second book in a row I haven't been able to put down this week, and for a debut novel, McGinnis really knocked this one out of the park. Both the story- and world-building is exceptional, the plot flowed seamlessly, and it always left me guessing. Lynn is such a powerful leading lady in a fictional world none of us can even imagine living in. I thought twice turning on a tap for the first time after getting halfway through this book, there isn't a doubt. A book that makes you think of the larger picture in real life is never a bad thing.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book and its sequel give suspense , adventure, and a kick-ass heroine; but mostly they are stories of maternal love, whether it comes from our mothers or,, and how fiercely it contributes to survival. These books are filled with male and female characters who stay with you long after the book is done.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I had trouble putting it down ! Now I can't wait to read the next one, in a handful of dirt. Hope it's as good as this
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Dystopian-Survival Story. Wow. I've never read a dystopian story that was more of a survival story, but set in a unsettled futuristic world. This is a book that everyone should know about, because you will be yelling in amazement. Lynn has been living the same old life since birth, with only knowing two people's names- her mother's and a man with an injured leg. Lynn and her mother have spent nights on the roof of their house, peering for humanly predators, and fighting for survival. They have a pond next to their house, and need to protect it because it's the only water they have, and they have to purify it to make sure it contains no diseases or unwanted bacteria. This is their way of living, but as they see smoke from far away, that means that unwanted strangers are nearby, and Lynn knows that she has what they want, and they won't stop until they get enough. In some ways, you can call this a mixture of The Hunger Games, because in some ways, it does resemble the futuristic gorgeous world of Suzanne Collins. That's the only book I can compare this to, because it's just so unique and unordinary. It's the most unique book I've ever read. No one has written a book like it. This story went by so fast. One minute, Lynn and her mother are living peaceful lives, the next something big happens. And after that, Lynn's on her own, until she meets the strangers, and finds out that she has to live and survive with some of them, and that it's the only key. Did I mention that this book was a masterpiece? If not, it really was. The characters and romance probably would have to be the only flaws. I didn't like Lynn as a protagonist. She was too emotionless, and she thought she was so smart and brave after all that occurred, but really, her mom is the star here. I felt that even after she passed away, she still was watching Lynn and looked down on her and helped Lynn. She was the one who told her and taught her how to deal with the real world and what's really out there. :') The romance between Lynn and.. Eli. He was a city boy. He grew up with needs and wants and he got what he needed. He doesn't understand what Lynn has went through and he thinks, 'thought' that he knew how Lynn was feeling the whole bus ride through. I just don't like guys like that. You don't know what this girl has been through, so stop acting like you do. Also, lugging a little injured girl around to show that you're tough and all that? Come on Lynn, you're better than that, don't be stupid. You're taking after your mom? Then really be like her. The ending was absolutely shocking and amazing. It really blew me away. This book was a brilliant idea and set in a stellar setting, what more brilliant could've it gotten with that? A book that people sure would re-read over and over again.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Great! Lynn and her mother live in a house by a pond where their entire existence is to defend it. Water is scarce in the world and the more you have access to water, the more people will take it by force. Lynn grew up defending their little pond and thinks nothing of it until some strangers change her viewpoint and realizes that there are good people out there too. This reality is so downright realistic, it's scary. Not to mention a growing virus called Chlorea that kills everyone in its path. I couldn't but think of such a harsh and brutal world. This was Lynn's world and even though she was a country girl and knew how to live out in the wild, she managed to struggle and keep on surviving the most harshest realities. Death, sickness, loneliness, she managed to stay strong and I deeply admire her character. She's not like any character I've read about before and that says a lot. Her strength is clearly evident by the turning point in the book. I loved her attitude and her willingness to help and grow. Even the secondary characters like Lucy and Shebbs were wonderful additions. They showed her how to be a family, to be able to laugh and cry. I loved the snowball fight acne. It screamed innocence in such a horrible reality. Pacing was a little slow in the beginning but it started to pick up afterwards. I liked how the entire world wasn't explained in one huge chapter but bit by bit from several characters. The story is mostly about surviving and what needs to be done to achieve that. Not a Drop to Drink is a wonderful addition to the apocalyptic genre where the harshest realities are mixed with the question to be morally right.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Dystopian Not a Drop to Drink has been on my list of To Be Read book since I read about it over a year ago. I am a sucker for dystopian, and especially one that is so different from what is out there right now. And this book is certainly different. Not only is the voice authentic and well written, but the atmosphere is incredibly unique. I will warn those of you who love action adventure dystopians, that this is not that kind of book. This is a slow build novel that builds up only to tear you down in one fell swoop. What was so amazing about this book was the relationship between Lynn and her mother. It was not your typical teenage/mother relationship because this is not your normal world. In Lynn's world water is a hot commodity and people will do anything to get it. And since Lynn lives next to a pond full of water there are many threats that come her way. But the most interesting part of the novel is what happens after tragedy strikes. Lynn, as a character grows into a young woman that relies on no one, and trust no one. But when she sees smoke on the horizon she knows that there are people near, and it is only when she meets said people that her world begins to change. She starts to realize how to love others that are not blood and to care about others well-being--All of these are things she has never had to do. It was very refreshing. The writing style is very interesting in this novel because of who the narrator was. Because Lynn has only known this world she lives in, she doesn't know anything about what goes on outside of the walls of her property, and since she knows nothing, then neither do we. So that made for a great mystery and unknown element to the novel. The only element that I was weary about was the way it ended. I would really like the opinion of someone else who has read it because I just thought that it was too good be true (minus one shocking moment that seriously made me cry). But other than that I loved the twists at the end and the overall world. I seriously wish that Mindy would write more stories in this world because I think that there is so much potential for amazing plot lines and conspiracies. I can dream can't I?
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Gritty Post-Apocalyptic Tale "Not A Drop to Drink" by Mindy McGinnis is a hard-hitting, uncompromising post-apocalyptic novel about survival in a world where there's a shortage of water. As the story opens Lynn and her mother forcibly protect any threat to the pond on their farm whether its coyotes, or thirsty people looking for a drink. Lynn has no interest in the outside world or the people struggling to exist as every waking moment is filled with their effort to survive; gathering wood, hunting and protecting their source of water. After a tragic accident and signs of hostility that could threaten her existence Lynn begins to change her perspective and reaches out to her neighbour. Into this story filled with violence, brutality and danger there are elements of enduring friendship, love, and hope for a better future. The plot is gritty like the arid land where the characters struggle to survive, becoming hardened and tough. Like the plot the characters are realistic and memorable as the drama and tension mounts. Lynn isolated from the world beyond the fields and forest surrounding the farm is paranoid, self-reliant and candid, but when she discovers a conscience, she also becomes kind, caring and generous of spirit. Stebbs, her older neighbour is charming, good-natured and encouraging as is Eli a sixteen year old boy from the city who's also smart, compassionate and quick to learn. Young seven year old Lucy is a study in determination, curiosity and stubbornness while her mother Neva is sharp-tongued and pragmatic, haunted by tragedy and loss.  This post-apocalyptic tale is a chilling vision of what could happen if the world does not become environmentally conscious. I enjoyed it and highly recommend it to all who like this genre.
Date published: 2013-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad but lacked substance good story for mcginnis's debut novel. likable characters, interesting plots, some action, friendships, deaths, survival, growing up and love. i found it started off stronger than the end. the first half of the book paints a nice detailed picture of protagonist's relationship with her mother. the way they see the world and how they have survived for so long.  the deaths come right away (which was an interesting shock). but the most enlightening part of the book is a young girl lucy who opens up the heart and eyes of protagonist- lynn. i would have liked to read more about their bonding and what they learn from each other. but the book is about surviving so the author did the right thing and did not focus too much on them. it is quick easy read you could read it in a few hours. let the story take you away. the ending is obvious exception for a slight twist. could have been longer. not bad for debut but i want to see more substance. teen novels from so much potential now. 
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW!!! excellent book... there have not been many books written on this subject so it was a page turner... characters were real and interesting and the story took many turns...thoroughly enjoyed it...
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, Moody fast paced YA Dystopian The Good Stuff Fast paced, non-stop action. Perfect for the reluctant reader Fabulous character development in terms of Lynn, as I really, really didn't like her at first and she slowly grows into someone more human. Brilliantly done Man Lynn's mom is one tough broad - not sure I would want her as my mom, but darn that women would keep me alive Loved the relationship and especially the dialogue between Lynn and Stebb A book that both male and female readers will enjoy Strong women Realistic dystopian setting - totally believable Dark Wonderful world building and author does a fabulous job at setting the mood and landscape - it felt oh so real Fans of Blood Red Road will enjoy Even though the world is bleak the story still leaves you with an essence of hope Loved Stebb's - he gives the story the lighter and softer moments it needs The Not So Good Stuff Lynn and her mom come across as very hard at first and may turn off some readers Wanted more about how the world came to be this way Favorite Quotes/Passages "The countryside was resplendent with colour, the sky a bright blue. The breeze shifted the grass around her, wafting the faintly spicy scent of green leaves turning brown into her face. But Lynn's eyes saw only usefulness in these small miracles. The fading greens and yellows allowed her brown coveralls to blend nicely with the surroundings; the unclouded sky gave a little more warmth to the earth." "Your mom taught you a lot, but she couldn't've taught you what she didn't know, like how to take a joke." "There's different ways of doing things wrong, Lynn, and not all of it is choosing to hurt others. Sometimes it's the things you don't do that make you feel the worst." 4 Dewey's I received this at the HarperCollins Indigo Insiders Event and wasn't required to write a review, but you know, I just cannot help myself I have to tell you what I think
Date published: 2013-10-09

Editorial Reviews

Set against the grim backdrop of an all-too-possible future, McGinnis’s very fine coming of age novel doesn’t stint on lifes hard lessons—or its triumphs. Lynn’s story is what Laura Ingalls Wilder might’ve penned if she’d traveled a frontier imagined by Cormac McCarthy.