Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Future America, not dystopian but definitely an American With Problems. What problems? A severe lack of water - hoarded in cities, and for those outside the cities it's worth killing to keep.
Lynn has spent her entire life with her mother defending and protecting their home (where her mother's family lived for generations) because it's on a pond. Their days are spent on the roof, seeking trespassers (whom they shoot), collecting firewood, planting/reaping vegetables, hunting and sometimes scouting/looting abandoned homes for supplies. That changes when her mother dies, thanks to a coyote pack and a bad shot by Lynn trying to get the coyote's off. Suddenly she's alone... except she's not alone long, slowly making connections with her nearest neighbor and some newcomers.
The survival parts were really interesting, and some of the tips would help people looking to live a little more off the land. Lynn's slow journey from intense loner to caring for others made sense and didn't feel rushed or out of place. Even better, it's clear that the hard choices she makes are hard.
ARC provided by publisher.