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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.
  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.

This week I'm featuring my current read,  Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.  I won this a while ago and finally decided to see what the fuss is all about!  I've just started it but it seems promising and I've heard great things about it.  Just based on these two snippets, it sounds like it's going to be a very intense read!  

Book Beginning:

Lynn was nine the first time she killed to defend the pond, the sweet smell of water luring the man to be picked off like the barn swallows that dared to swoop in for a drink.  Mother had killed the people who came too close to their pond before, but over the next seven years they fell by Lynn's gun as well, their existence easily wiped out first by a bullet, then by the coyotes before the sun could rise.  Death and gunpowder were scents from her childhood, but today the fall breeze brought something less familiar to her rooftop perch, and her nose wrinkled.


Lynn debated.  Going out would be difficult.  Without Mother, even trips to the pond were a test of nerves.  with no one to cover her back, every step felt like a reprieve from death, each silent second without a sniper's bullet an unprayed-for miracle.


  1. What genre of book is this? I can't quite tell from the blurbs. Maybe I'm tired lol But enjoy your read.

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's post apocalyptic/ dystopian/ survival.

  2. Oh wow, I definitely see why you're saying this one is intense. I'm almost scared to have a drink myself right now. I like the sound of Lynn though and her dedicated. I want to know more about the Mother though! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. This definitely sounds like an intense read. My interest is piqued and I may have to add it to my list.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it if you do!

  4. This scenario could come sooner than we think, with all the droughts around....I live in a drought-ridden state. I hope we find better solutions before it comes to this, though....thanks for sharing. Sounds frightening!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. From the title, I thought this would be some gut-wrenching story of drunken driving, but now I think I am sooooo wrong there. I'm intrigued.
    Happy weekend!

    1. Was just going to say something in the same vein ... Not quite sure what to make of this one! Especially with a cover like that too.

    2. I thought the same thing when I first heard of it, but no it's essentially about drought and unsafe drinking water.

  6. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Happy reading!

  7. Awesome pick I've been dying to read this book since I first heard about it on Epic-Reads but I heard mix reviews about it that's why I am a little cautious to getting it but I might check it out in the library first to see if I like it or not. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

    1. You're welcome and thanks for stopping by mine! Sounds like a plan - I hope you like it.


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