Review: Not a Drop to Drink

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Page Count:309

Format: hardback

Publisher/Year: Katherine Tegen Books/2013

Rating: 5/5

Summary: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….-Goodreads


The world is so not one I want to live in but is happy to read about. The thing about this world that freaks me out is that this could be our future world. So either find a water witch, a strong male, or live in a city where you have to pay for everything. Yeah no thank you. This was a total survival story that I didn’t want to live in but wanted to know how the characters did so. You know just in case. Not a Drop to Drink isn’t the longest book in the world however it does have a nice punch to it.


Lynn is a strong character and that’s all thanks to her mother and the world she grew up in. However her mother didn’t teach her how to be kind when it comes to strangers. Lynn has always been taught shoot first then ask questions. It’s not the mothers fault for this futurist world you have to be tough. You have to weary of people and shooting be a second nature thing. Because in these world water is scares and Lynn and her mother are lucky enough to have a pond on their property. With that pond comes plenty of responsible including keeping it from animals, dry summers, and people.

Unfortunately tragic hits Lynn and she finds herself with the sole responsible of keeping the pond safe. However with unplanned help from her neighbor and some city people Lynn becomes more reasonable and thinks more than she did before. Even though Lynn had such a tragic happen in the beginning of the book she learned so much about herself and people around her. Now she knows that she can trust to an extent and that not everyone is bad.


Stebbs: LOVED him he has been neighbor to Lynn for as long as she can remember. Stebbs is a cripple that lives by himself. He lives in a little shack and doesn’t seem to have much. However as Stebbs started coming around more you learn that he actual has some secrets. Which made him even cooler. Also Stebbs is pretty much the reason Lynn became more social to those around her and not just in her little world.

Eli: is a city boy who is trying to learn how to hunt and survive to help his family live outside the city. He is the romance with Lynn which was fun since Lynn has no idea what flirting and liking a boy is like.

Lucy: She’s the niece of Eli and housemate to Lynn for a time. I believe out of everyone Lucy helped Lynn the most. Lucy hasn’t grown up like Lynn so she has so much of a little girl mindset. I loved Lynn and Lucy’s relationship because they both needed it at different times.

This book was very impressive with the world building, and character developing made me want to keep reading. That ending was so unfair and I was a little watery eyed at it. The next book should be interesting since it’s the last one. I can’t wait to see where all my favorite characters goes next.

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