Friday, April 4, 2014

Not a Drop to Drink

Lynn has grown up knowing that everyone wants and will kill for the water in the pond on her land...and that she and her mom have to kill to protect it. Then, the unthinkable happens and Lynn is suddenly alone. How will she get what she needs to survive and protect her water all by herself?

Imagine a life where you only know one other person: your mother. That is Lynn’s life. Lynn has seen glimpses (through the scope of her rifle) of her neighbor, Stebbs, but has only met him once. Lynn’s mother’s paranoia about their water has caused countless deaths – as they turn people away from the farm’s pond – or kill them, if the people are too persistent. The physical and emotional isolation Lynn has grown up with is chilling. 

But when Lynn’s mother is killed, Lynn has to learn to change. When she starts to branch out and meet other people, it goes against everything she was ever taught as a child. To see the struggle between nature and nurture and to watch Lynn grow into an emotional being was intriguing. 

My favorite thing about this book was that it was different. While still being a dystopia, it moves into a few areas that aren’t normally examined – how emotional isolation can cause dysfunction – and the uncertainty it causes and how uncomfortable it is when that person is forced to change.

I especially liked the epilogue at the end of the book. One of the trends with current dystopian novels is to end the book/series with some type of epilogue, but not many of them are done well. The epilogue at the end of Not a Drop to Drink was; it gave the reader a sense of ending that was a natural and believable continuation of the books story arc. 

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it – to both teens and adults.

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~Mary P.

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