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. (Goodreads summary.)
|I waited 9 months to read this! WHY?|
I know I have only read one of her books but, I'm pretty certain I will be reading anything Mindy McGinnis writes from now on. Her writing is superb, I can't even find the words to describe it to you. It feels like not one word is wasted in this novel. She had me captivated by page one and didn't let me go until I got to the end of the book. Then I kind of wanted to launch it across my room in a fit of anger, love, sadness and happiness just all rolled into one. My emotions clearly weren't ready for this book.
Lynn was a character that I came to love and respect so much. She has so much character development during this book, I loved watching her go through this personal journey and grow as a person. She has spent her whole life with just her Mother, their whole lives dedicated to surviving and protecting the pond that is the key to their survival. In a world where sources of water are rare and highly sought after, Mother has always taught Lynn that she must protect the pond or she will die. Lynn has been killing people to protect the pond since she was nine years old, the closest she has come to talking to another person is when a neighbour, Stebbs, came one day to get help from her mother back when she was six years old. She has spent her whole life dedicated to surviving, to distrusting anyone but her mother and seeing everyone else as a threat.
Mindy McGinnis seems to be the master of characters and character development. I loved seeing how the characters changed and grew in this, how each one had their own journey. Lynn goes on the biggest journey during this book. She had spent her life just with her Mother, a woman who had a big hate for men and the threats they posed. But Mother has never explained that to Lynn, Lynn is clueless in every way about men, love and everything other than purifying water, hunting and protecting what they had. Stebbs kind of bursts into her life, unwilling to let her continue to keep everyone away. He's like the father figure she never had and I just loved him. I just loved everyone in this book. Lucy is a character that is just everything that Lynn needs. She's only five and she has that happy innocence and obliviousness that all children have.
Eli and Lynn together was probably one of the cutest things I have ever seen. Seriously, it's just utterly adorable. Lynn is completely clueless when it comes to guys, she doesn't even understand the concept of kissing. Watching Eli try to flirt with her was one of the funniest moments in this book, whilst also one of the cutest. Eli brings out a much softer side to Lynn, one that I was so happy to finally get to see. Their romance is very slow building, and those have always been my favourite kind of romance. I just could not get enough of those two together. Knowing there was a sequel, I was really excited to see their romance develop over this book and it's sequel.
|This is basically me at the end of this book.|
This is just a beautiful, amazing, incredible book! I applaud McGinnis for creating something so utterly wonderful. This hit me in my feels so hard, I'm still reeling from that ending. I loved the characters, from Lynn who probably goes through one of the biggest character developments I have ever seen, to Stebbs who reminds me a little of Haymitch for some reason, to Eli and Lucy who bring out the softer side in Lynn. I was going to give this a four, mainly because that ending broke my heart so much and almost ruined this book for me. But I can't deny the fact that this was a superbly written story, that hooked me from the first page, gave me all the feels and had me adding it to my favourites bookshelf. I don't know if my heart can handle the sequel though, I am not even sure I am strong enough. I want to recommend this book to absolutely everyone, but then I don't want to force you all to feel the pain I am feeling right now. Read at your own risk.