Not a Drop to Drink
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Not a Drop to Drink

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 305 pages
  • 132 x 200 x 22mm | 339.99g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062198513
  • 9780062198518
  • 97,670

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A high-quality survivalist story for readers who enjoy internal story arcs as well as external dangers. -- Kirkus Reviews The intensity of action moves the story forward, but not at the expense of character development. The complex, authentic characters are neither fully evil nor unbelievably good. The honest and hopeful ending-while not "happily ever after"-will resonate with readers and leave them asking for more. -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Those in search of fierce female survivalist characters need look no further than this. -- Booklist In an understated but gripping debut, McGinnis paints a stark picture of a world not far removed from our own, concentrating on Lynn's gradual emotional growth as contrasted against the physical harshness of her existence. -- Publishers Weekly A brutally beautiful debut, not to be missed. NOT A DROP TO DRINK is an unwavering story with incredible drama, danger, and power. This writer is for real. -- Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series I can't say enough good things about the writing, and the characterization. If you're looking for grit, realism and heart, you found it. -- Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood Deftly written, Mindy McGinnis's NOT A DROP TO DRINK is a frightening picture of a potential future without fresh water, which left me ridiculously grateful for my working faucet. This post-apocalyptic survival tale is about so much more than just survival. I loved it. -- Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy 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. -- Ilsa Bick, award-winning author of the Ashes trilogy and THE SIN-EATER'S CONFESSIONshow more

Back cover copy

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 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 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, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a barren world not so different from our own.show more

About Mindy Mcginnis

Mindy McGinnis is the author of The Female of the Species; Not a Drop to Drink and its companion, In a Handful of Dust; Given to the Sea; and the Edgar Award-winning novel A Madness So Discreet. A magna cum laude graduate of Otterbein University with a BA in English literature and religion, Mindy lives in Ohio. You can visit her online at www.mindymcginnis.com.show more

Rating details

9,701 ratings
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Our customer reviews

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.show more
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