Not a Drop to Drink: Book Review

Not a Drop to Drink: Book Review

Mindy McGinnis’s debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, artfully blends the classic frontier-survival novel with today’s consistently popular dystopian premise. I was dubious going into the novel, after having heard some mixed reviews, but after finishing, it took me a while to get my thoughts in order. I was stuck in post-novel shock and tremendously glad I decided to give Not a Drop to Drink a chance.

Lynn lives in a futuristic world where cholera and drought have ravaged the population. Lynn grows up knowing only her mother, secluded and in constant vigil over their pond—the single most important factor in their survival. Not a Drop To Drink tells of the pair’s never-ending battle with very real threats: coyotes, drought, starvation, and above all, strangers looking for a drink. Lynn, having mastered the art of the firearm at a painfully early age, is a straight-shot perched from the outlook on their farmhouse roof. The characters are harsh, intense, and placed in a reality so different from our own it couldn’t end up being anything but intriguing. Not a Drop to Drink left me pondering its premise and its finale long after I’d turned the final page.