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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, 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 remember seeing Not A Drop To Drink around a lot of blogs when it first came out. I’m very late to read it, which is often the case with me! 😉 I’m glad that I took the time to slot this book in my reading schedule because I thought it was an incredibly accomplished debut from an author that I’m now very excited about.
Not a Drop to Drink centres around Lynn and her mother Lauren. They live in near isolation in the basement of their farmhouse. They’re guarding their pond, which is a safe source of water. The world they live in is suffering from an extreme water shortage. Lynn and her mother are quite ruthless about what is theirs. Living in isolation has affected their interactions with others. They are incredibly cautious about those that approach them.
Not A Drop To Drink is a very character driven story. That’s not to say it’s not action packed. It is definitely full of action, but it is the characters that are at the forefront of this story. The world is nicely built, but it’s focused in on one small area which doesn’t give the reader too much to think about, yet it doesn’t feel like we don’t know enough. It feels like it’s left up to our own imaginations which is lovely.
I really liked Lauren and Lynn. Lauren seems like a really hard faced character, but actually, her main priority is making sure her daughter is okay, no matter what. There were some other strong characters in the book like Eli and Lucy who I don’t want to say too much about as it’s nice to experience their stories as they unravel.
I didn’t know a lot about this book before I went into it and I think that’s the best way to approach this book. I’m so excited to read the next book and catch up with this world.
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