Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1)
by Mindy McGinnis
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 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….
Water is a hard thing to come by. Lynn as ben lucky enough to grow up next to a pond with her mom teaching her how to purify the water and how to protect it. They keep to their selves and keep all others away from their place. She really doesn't have anyone but her mother and while the life is hard they are surviving. Now from their lookout on the roof they see smoke. Smoke is a bad sign as it means someone is close to them. Lynn will have to use everything she know as well as learn more if she is going to survive. New people coming close is just the beginning of a change coming for Lynn.
Lynn is a very smart girl. She doesn't know a lot about interaction with other people as she has only met one other person before. Their neighbor Stebbs is the only person her mom aloud to get close to them. She is strong and she knows what to do. She hates to but she will kill to protect her stuff. I liked her as she wasn't a whiney character and actual had a lot of strength.
This is a fantastic book as it was a joy to read from beginning to end. Lynn has so many struggles to face in this book. In the beginning you see what all she has to do to make ends meet and how they get their water. She has to work hard almost every day. When something horrible happens she has to learn more about the world than her mother taught her. She has to learn to open up to strangers and they show her what it is like to love. She knows nothing really about flirting and what it's like to care for someone other than her mother. She also learns she has to take charge and get rid of the men who are moving in on her place. She shows a great strength in someone her age. I have to say the ending is one I did not see coming and while I hated it I also think the author did an amazing job with it. If you enjoy dystopian books this is a must try.
5 out of 5 Stars