Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Trailer Park Tuesday: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.

"Do you wanna die?"
"No, mother."
"Then you will have to kill."
Thus begins the short, riveting trailer for Mindy McGinnis' debut novel Not a Drop to Drink.  Mindy is a fellow member of my Book Pregnant group--a couple dozen debut writers who were "pregnant" with "book babies" around the same time.  The rest of us in Book Pregnant have already given birth to our novels, short story collections and memoirs; Mindy is one of the last to be wheeled into Labor and Delivery.  I'm happy to say that Not a Drop to Drink arrived last week.  Mother and baby are doing just fine.  The book trailer will give you an idea of why we were all so excited for the publication of Mindy's book.  In less than a minute--with images like water receding from a pond, fruit withering on a vine, spigots running dry--the video neatly captures the idea behind the dystopian Young Adult novel.  In the not-too-distant future, water has become scarce.  Those who carve out their lives in the wilderness will fight to the death to protect the water on which they've staked their claim.  Lynn and her mother are good shots, picking off stray travelers who are tempted by their pond.  Cholera outbreaks throughout the world mean that even when water is available, it could be deadly, and the 16-year-old and her mother spend their days purifying the pond water, hunting for food, persuading meager crops to grow, and standing sentry on their roof to guard against strangers.  Ilsa Bick, award-winning author of the Ashes trilogy, had this to say about Not a Drop to Drink: "Set against the grim backdrop of an all-too-possible future, McGinnis’ very fine coming of age novel doesn’t stint on life's hard lessons—or its triumphs.  Lynn’s story is what Laura Ingalls Wilder might’ve penned if she’d traveled a frontier imagined by Cormac McCarthy."


  1. Very well rated on Goodreads, can't wait to read it!
    The music seemed unfitting for the trailer, though.

  2. I recommend this book to the readers who like to read the dystopia genre, especially Young Adult, specifically because of it's no-nonsense approach to this subject, the beautiful writing, and it leaves the teen angst at the door. I look forward to her next novel.