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Not A Drop to Drink

McGinnis, Mindy (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Not A Drop to Drink
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"Sixteen-year-old Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes"--
Authors: McGinnis, Mindy
Title: Not a drop to drink
Publisher: New York :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 309 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "Sixteen-year-old Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes"--
ISBN: 0062198505
9780062198501
Statement of Responsibility: Mindy McGinnis
Subject Headings: Mothers and daughters Fiction. Self-reliance Fiction. Survival Fiction. Water supply Fiction. Mothers and daughters Fiction. Self-reliance Fiction. Survival Fiction. Water supply Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Mothers and daughters
Self-reliance
Survival
Water supply
Mothers and daughters
Self-reliance
Survival
Water supply
LCCN: 2012051737
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May 07, 2014
  • nanajoe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Mindy McGinnis has created a believable world where a water shortage has made people paranoid, for good reason. The plot keeps moving, the characters are well defined and the writing is consistent. Excellent novel.

Apr 01, 2014
  • jump4moon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lot of people had commented that it's depressing and I've heard from others that it's sad. I like that. The reality of the whole situation, the character's emotions: grief love, etc. I love it all.

Mar 29, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Grim, grim, grim. There is actually a lot to this--a lot of plot and a lot of character development packed into a world gone claustrophobically small due to a catastrophic and ongoing water shortage--and the story does redeem itself in the end. But there is an awful lot of grimness to slog through at the beginning, so much that it's hard to care about characters for whom there is so little hope, so little reason to hope. And while the protagonist's growth is certainly hard won and well earned, it's not written entirely convincingly. This is worth reading if you enjoy this sort of thing--it's above-average teen dystopian fiction--but if you're not already a fan of the genre, this book won't make a convert of you.

umm the beginning is kinda boring

this wasn't bad. in fact it was pretty good. but this was so depressing it hurts to think about it. T^T

Dec 20, 2013
  • naw666 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

realistic scenario, I can see this happening in the future, especially seeing as how there are already 7 billion people on earth. in fact scientists say this *will* happen one day not too far off. be prepared.

Dec 18, 2013
  • Green_Jaguar_44 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book. Seriously. This is one of my favorite books. I love the story, the characters, the need for survival. I have never read a book like this. If you are thinking about reading it, go for it! Chances are you'll love it!

Sep 11, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not a Drop to Drink is one of the best books with the best heroine I've read in a long time. It's the story of Lynn, born and raised in a world racked by cholera and fallen apart in predictably human ways. She's raised in solitude with her hard-as-iron mother. Until everything changes.

This book read quickly- it was tense, well paced without sacrificing development or believability, and didn't rely on sensationalism. Everything that happened to and around Lynn was a reasonable reaction of the people in her world to their circumstances. This made the novel achingly bittersweet.

Lynn's journey is less a coming-of-age, which sounds quite cheesy, and more a development from automaton of her mother's design, to compassionate badass.

Oh, yeah, did I forget to mention that Lynn is one of the best teen heroines ever?
She does what she needs to, sans whinging; she's logical *and* compassionate
She communicates openly and clearly all the time
She doesn't go goo-goo stupid-eyed when a boy comes along
She reads voraciously when she can (and has learned most of the world from that)
She's naive in believable, and not charming, ways
She doesn't sacrifice her independent power as a character for the sake of a love triangle or other such nonsense
Also, she's pretty ruthless, and I love when a female character can be nurturing as well as deadly

I recommend this for anyone who enjoys survival fiction, strong and well-crafted female protagonists (seriously, make your daughters read this), and those who don't need a happy ending (if you can take the shockingly bitter and hard, but realistic, with your fiction, this is a book for you).

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Mar 29, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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