Thursday, 4 September 2014

Review: Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1) by Mindy McGinnis Synopsis:
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….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

I’m going to do this review a little differently by starting with the ending, because it was easily the best part of the whole book. It was tragic with lots of death, and more twists than every other scene put together. If I rated this book based on the ending alone it would be an easy five stars, but it’s when I get thinking about my problems with the rest that it lowers.

Switching it up again, so back to the start of the book, my first problem was that it was incredibly slow. Nothing much happens for the first 100 pages until the tragic accident, but then after that it slows down again. I could count all the juicy scenes on one hand, even with the introductions of new characters.

Of course with these came Eli, and while at first I found him too timid and inexperienced to be a suitable love interest for Lynn, he wormed his way into my heart much like he did with Lynn. They contrasted brilliantly, because while Eli could be considered quite “innocent”, Lynn is a murdering bad-ass. She was brought up by her Mother to believe that all men were evil and you had to kill to survive. These lessons influenced the person she grew to be, yet underneath all of that there’s some naivety as well.  Much like with Eli I grew to like her, and enjoyed following her journey as she fights for what she wants and protects what’s hers.

Not a Drop to Drink is a very realistic story of survival, where you witness characters struggling with everything from matters of the heart to persisting to live in a world where death seems to be inevitable.
Favourite Quotes:
 “Killing people was easier when the only face I ever saw was Mother’s back then, anyone else was the enemy and shooting at an outline in a scope wasn’t any different than taking down a deer, just in a different shape.”

“I’d lost everything I had. I didn’t have the heart to take from someone else.”
“Plus I would’ve sniped your ass.”

“You can't change the things you've done. It's now and the here on out you've got control of.”

“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.”

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