4 out of 5 stars.
This is a fantastic bit of survivalist fiction. The world has run short on water and those not living in cities are forced to defend their water supplies through any means necessary. Lynn and her mother live alone, with one neighbour being the only other human they will not shoot on site until another group of people set up camp nearby.
This book is a really fantastic adventure. You get into the nitty gritty of how to purify water, preserve food and just plain survive in a way that other books about post-apocalyptic worlds don’t really touch on. This book has a small, intimate cast of characters, and a landscape that doesn’t reach out more than a 2 hour drive away. It is intimate and personal and you get to know the characters and the places really well. It is also unnervingly realistic, as we hear worldwide news in our reality about droughts and water shortages.
I love all the main characters in this book, as you can see the different types of damage being put in a long-term emergency situation can do. I love seeing Lynn trying to react to different people after only knowing her mother for so long. I love that the showdown of the book wasn’t someone racing off to save everyone, but simply trying to survive in an incredibly small community of people. I found the ending heartbreaking, but it fit the book. It was emotional, but still satisfying. You can’t always save everyone, and Ms. McGinnis does not try to sugar-coat that. This book was compelling both the first and second times I have read it. I definitely want more from this author.