I'm so excited for the release of NOT A DROP TO DRINK by our League member, Mindy McGinnis. Why?
1. Authenticity. I'm a sucker for a good survival story. The details are so crisp and true that you can practically taste the canned vegetables and the smell the gunpowder in the air. It's like you're there, only you're SO glad you're not, since living in Lynn's world would be awful. Because I like daily showers and not having to worry about coyotes attacking me.
2. Thirst & Hunger. You will be thirsty reading this. I mean, really thirsty. And hungry. And any book that makes you say "I need water or I'm going to die reading the next ten pages" or "smoked deer sounds pretty good right now" is a book that you should read. Immediately.
3. The Turn. You know what I'm talking about. You learn about a character; their lives change, and somewhere along the line, they change too, in a profound way. But that metamorphosis, when done well, is often the one thing that makes me remember a book forever.
4. It made me do this:
Yes, I canned home made spaghetti sauce just in case, you know, water becomes scarce and I have to live off the land (aka my 5 foot vegetable garden plot.) Mindy's book has got me training for the end of the world. See what this book has done to me?
*runs off to make Korean BBQ beef jerky*
About NOT A DROP TO DRINK:
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.
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, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won't stop until they get it. . . .
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.