Author: Mindy McGinnis.
Published: September 24th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books.
Sort: Part #1. Not a drop to drink.
Source: I won a giveaway on Reviews from a bookworm.
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, night time threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
Lynn and her mother manage to survive because of their pond. It’s a daily struggle to purify the water and to get enough food, especially with the winter coming. Lately there has been another treat: humans. Everyone would kill for a spot like that, but Lynn and her mother are ready for them – until Lynn is alone.
There isn’t much world-building, because we only have the information Lynn and her mother have, but that wasn’t such a problem. We know that there is a shortage of water, that people are dying because they drink contaminated water and you always need to be careful because people will steal your stuff and safe place if they get the chance. This is what I admire about the story; the constant treat, which makes the book very intense. There is the chance things will fall apart and you are always aware of the danger lurking around them.
Lynn is an interesting character. All her traits could easily make her a very unlikable character, but there was something about her that made me like her anyway. If she would read this, I think she would curse me, shouting she doesn’t need me to like her. She couldn’t care less about the opinion of others, it’s all about survival. She is cold, egoistic and practical, but I guess that’s because of her upbringing. Her mother always taught here she can’t trust anybody – and she should shoot first and think later. When Lynn is left alone we get to see how she develops and changes. She even accepts a little girl in her household called Lucy and she manages to develop feelings for a boy. We see that behind her strong and hard face, there is more.
Lucy is adorable and admirable. She has been through a lot, but never falls into whining too much. Lynn wouldn’t let her anyway, but despite their forced relationship, Lynn makes place for Lucy in a tiny soft spot in her heart. I liked their connection and how fiercely protective Lynn can be. The girl thrives under the care. I also liked Sebb, the lame neighbour across the field and Eli, who tried to take care of Lucy before she came into Lynn’s life.