“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….”
i have read many, many dystopian books in the last couple pf years, but this one still felt pretty original to me. it’s not like most of them. I absolutely love the concept, i think because it is way more realistic than others. The lack of clean water is something that could easily happen and this is why that book seems more real. Over all, it’s a quiet but fierce little story. Not full of action and horror, but mostly a story of survival. it’s very atmospheric too, you feel alone, you feel lost, you feel isolated. McGinnis way of creating those feelings and this picture of our world was really well done. Her writing style is beautiful, i enjoyed it very much. I also found this story to be very emotional, my heart broke a couple times while following Lynn and her hard life and because of the fate of some people in the story. The characters are interesting. We get a small cast of people who all bring a little something to the story. It was wonderful to see the relationships building between all of them. Lynn was the most fascinating of them all. The way she changes during the story is fantastic. You get to see so many different sides of her. I love how strong she is from the start, but also how she learns to live and not just fight.
Captivating, fast paced, emotional, this book is so good!
Not A Drop To Drink : 4/5