Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis | Book Review

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnisBook Title/Author: Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Publisher/Year
: Katherine Tegen Books – September 24th 2013
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
Series: As of right now, no, but I’ve heard possibly?

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I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

In Lynn’s world water has been scarce for many years. Her whole life revolves around surviving and defending the pond in her backyard — her source for survival — at any cost. The pond seems to be getting lower and lower thanks to droughts and winters that bring barely any snow and the threat of other people to the pond seems to be incoming when Lynn and her mom see smoke on the horizon and these strangers start to show their intentions.

I LOVED this book — like head over heels, can-I-buy-you-a-drink-you-sexy-thang type love. I’ve been yearning for a really amazing survival-esque story that wasn’t driven by anything paranormal or science fiction but by something that could really, actually happen. And friends, DING DING DING…we have a winner!

Mindy McGinnis did an amazing job setting the scene in this terrifying, dangerous world You can feel all the threats looming around Lynn and her mom as they protect their pond and try to survive — coyotes, strangers who want to overtake them for their pond, purifying water, keeping warm in the winter, etc. The day to day activities that Lynn and her mom had to do EXHAUSTED me. I can’t even imagine having to do all that work all the time and always be alert and on your game to make sure nobody is coming your way. It’s just Lynn and her mom and Lynn’s been taught to kill anybody who comes near the pond. The survival aspect of this novel felt totally raw and I just loved all the detail that went into it. It was all about survival.

I really adore Lynn as a character — she’s got smarts and skills — and she’s one of the truly strongest characters I’ve encountered in a while. There’s another character, Stebbs, that emerges in the novel that I REALLY loved and, as much as I loved Lynn, I loved this character to pieces. There are few characters in this novel but they all make quite an impact.

As much as I loved the characters and the survival aspect what I loved most about Not A Drop To Drink is this exploration of the mentality and the morality between what it takes to survive in this world. We see two very different mentalities in this novel — one person is all about the survival of the fittest and taking care of yourself and your family and then we see another character emerge (my favorite!) who believes that maintaining our humanity and helping one another is how you are going to survive. It was so well done and felt so authentic to what would really happen in this type of situation and made you wonder how you would act in a world like this where not everything is black and white.

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis is a frightening and raw story of one girl’s survival in a dangerous world where water is scarce and it is her job to protect the pond that keeps her alive from those who want to take it away from her — at whatever cost. I’ve been itching for a real, bare bones survival story and Mindy McGinnis all but served it up to me on a silver platter. I loved the exploration what it takes to survive in a situation like this — the mentality behind survival and that morality that makes us remember our humanity. It reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead and how it so aptly explores that very issue with morality, survival and how we keep our humanity.

 

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis book review

 

Let’s Talk: Have you read Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis? Heard of it? Did you love Stebbs as much as I did?? I’m curious if you have any other recs that are really great survival type tales?

five-stars

In the After by Demitria Lunetta | Book Review

In the After by Demitria LunettaBook Title/Author: In The After by Demitria Lunetta
Publisher/Year
: HarperTeen June 25th 2013
Genre: Science  Fiction – YA Post Apocalyptic
Series: Yes
Other Books From Author: None — debut.

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I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

In one day, everything and everyone was gone as creatures descend on mankind and quickly devour anyone in their path. Our main character, Amy, and the toddler she found that she calls “Baby” seem to be one of the only survivors around. They have to sneak around quietly to not draw the attention of Them to find food and survive — all in silence which is the only way to be safe. Amy lives in her house from before and only survived because her parents were crazy about solar power and had a top notch security system with an invisible fence that the They can’t breach. Years have gone by with Amy and Baby surviving just like that and they rarely have come across other survivors until one night when they are rescued and taken to a colony of other survivors. Life  in New Hope, headquartered out of a government research facility, seems perfect and almost like life in the Before until Amy realizes that not everything is as it seems in this safe haven.

In the After by Demitria Lunetta was one of those thrilling books that had me wishing I had superhuman abilities to zip through the pages and still be able to process what I’m reading. I LOVE a good survivalist story especially one set in a post-apocalyptic world. While In the After wasn’t perfect, it definitely entertained me and kept me guessing what lurked around the corner. There’s no denying that.

If the second half of the book would have held up to the first half I think I’d be prancing around this here blog with maybe a bit higher praises but still it was certainly a really great book. This book was a page-turner and was quite good but it got off kilter for me in some ways in the second half.  The first half was definitely the more bare bones survival story set in a world ravaged by these creatures called Them. I loved learning about how they survived and adapted and also how Before was woven in there as well as everything that happened between the day these creatures invaded and the present day.

Demitria Lunetta created this horrifyingly bleak world and made me see it just as clearly as if I was watching something like The Walking Dead which I love and stirs up so many emotions in me always. I felt the despair and the helplessness and the questions of “how long can this go on for?” I also really loved learning how Amy found Baby and seeing the intricacies of their relationship — one founded on absolute silence which has been important in their survival. It was such a beautiful relationship and I could see how Baby is what really kept Amy going when it probably would have been easy to give up. It definitely was a nice contrast to the other encounters with humans that Amy had in a world that was all about “survival of the fittest” and helping only yourself at all costs.

The second half wasn’t BAD by any means — it was just different and definitely swung the story in another direction making it feel a bit more of a dystopian sort of story than the post apocalyptic, bare bones survival-type story. The second half of the book was thrillingly twisty and honestly had a couple shocking moments that left me gasping. You crafty woman, Demitria. I think your enjoyment of the second half will depend on what you were hoping this story would be like. After the first half I was hoping for something kind of like The Walking Dead where there might be some other survivors and they band together but still remain a survival story at heart as they learned more about these creatures and adapted to this scary world. I’m not saying I didn’t LIKE where the story went but I had to adjust my expectations and deal with the somewhat dragging introduction to the New Hope community and the new characters that were introduced. There was a lot going on honestly but I felt myself skimming a little bit to get to the good parts. Luckily, the shocking twists, revelations and conspiracy kind of feel kept this book appealing to me and worth it in the end.

I hate comparing books but two post-apocalyptic books about alien type creatures (this and The  5th Wave) have come out this summer and people have already asked me. I’d say that this one was a quite a bit quicker paced & action packed than The 5th Wave but, for me, The 5th Wave, had a bit more depth with a lot of exploration of humanity and morals when every day is a fight with survival — all things I mentioned in my review of The 5th Wave. I felt as though, with In the After, that I came out realizing there was a lot more to this story than I originally thought. Gah I don’t want to give spoilers so I’ll shush now.

In the After by Demitria Lunetta was an exciting post apocalyptic story filled to the brim with action and the kind of twists and turns that truly keep you hooked set. It wasn’t perfect for me and the first half was significantly more engaging to me but the plot definitely become a lot more layered in the second half with revelations that make this scenario quite more complicated. Demitria Lunetta was able to convince me of this terrifying world and pull me in until I came tumbling out on the final page — breathless and so happy I was safe and sound in my lounge chair at the pool. The final page will leave you clamoring for the next book with all the twists, turns and trouble that our heroine faces. This book would make a crazy good movie!

 

 

In the After by Demitria Lunetta review

You May Also Like: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Let’s Talk: Have you read this one??  Heard of it?  If you’ve read it, did you enjoy it? Did you see some of these big twists coming because I sure didn’t. Finding out the one thing kiiiind of made me think of a certain fave show of mine so I’m excited to see how that plays out.

three-half-stars
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