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….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
 4 or 4.5/5

My first thought after reading this was "huh." From reading the synopsis, I expected this to be gritty. Well as it turns out this book is gritty, dark, and brutal. It does not make light of the circumstances AT ALL. McGinnis paints us a world where we are turned to almost a primal state. Find water or die. Simple as that. Something one could see happening to our world. Imagine taking away something we all take for granted. A turn of a knob and we get limitless clean water. We don't worry about wasting it or over using it. We never worry about running out or becoming diseased because of it. I love the glimpse into life turned upside down. 

 Lynn is a remarkable character. Her entire life it has been just her mother and her. She hasn't ever even spoke to another person. She is taught at a young to kill or be killed, and has no problem doing so. She has to learn so much about people and herself through this story.  She must learn to adapt to survive, something she really has no skills for. She is not a character full of dreams and aspirations. She lives one day at time and to protect what is hers. She has not lived a happy life, just one that is about survival. 

I love where this story takes us and the ride we get to go on. It took it's toll on my emotions. There were parts when I wish I could reach through the book and strangle our dear author. Sorry dear. I did mention this book is brutal right? 

This is a great book to read for those of us who enjoy the post-apocalyptic type stories. It is not a light hearted read. We are not given the happy ever after we get with so many other YA novels. This is a book about survival. About finding even a thread of hope when there seems like there is none to be had.


Rachel said...

I've had a copy of this just waiting to be read for months and nothing had compelled me to so until now! What a great review. I'll have to finally pick it up soon. :)

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