by Mindy McGinnis
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: 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
The Good Stuff
- Fast paced, non-stop action. Perfect for the reluctant reader
- Fabulous character development in terms of Lynn, as I really, really didn't like her at first and she slowly grows into someone more human. Brilliantly done
- Man Lynn's mom is one tough bitch - not sure I would want her as my mom, but damn that women would keep me alive
- Loved the relationship and especially the dialogue between Lynn and Stebb
- A book that both male and female readers will enjoy
- Strong women
- Realistic dystopian setting - totally believable
- Wonderful world building and author does a fabulous job at setting the mood and landscape - it felt oh so real
- Fans of Blood Red Road will enjoy
- Even though the world is bleak the story still leaves you with an essence of hope
- Loved Stebb's - he gives the story the lighter and softer moments it needs
- Lynn and her mom come across as very hard at first and may turn off some readers
- Wanted more about how the world came to be this way
"The countryside was resplendent with colour, the sky a bright blue. The breeze shifted the grass around her, wafting the faintly spicy scent of green leaves turning brown into her face. But Lynn's eyes saw only usefulness in these small miracles. The fading greens and yellows allowed her brown coveralls to blend nicely with the surroundings; the unclouded sky gave a little more warmth to the earth."
"Your mom taught you a lot, but she couldn't've taught you what she didn't know, like how to take a joke."
"There's different ways of doing things wrong, Lynn, and not all of it is choosing to hurt others. Sometimes it's the things you don't do that make you feel the worst."
I received this at the HarperCollins Indigo Insiders Event and wasn't required to write a review, but you know, I just cannot help myself I have to tell you what I think