Did you hear the one about the gritty, female-driven debut YA novel — a harsh story of survival and deprivation — that was optioned for a movie?
This time, the book in question is Mindy McGinnis’s Not a Drop to Drink, which is set in a future where the American government strictly controls access to water. (So, Urinetown, but with less singing. Probably.) The novel, published in September 2013, has just been optioned by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films, a company that so far has produced only 2013’s Austenland.
“Mindy’s unique voice made for a truly riveting read,” Meyer’s partner Meghan Hibbett said in a statement. “This story seamlessly blends gritty and dangerous dystopian realism with the larger themes of life vs. survival that we feel audiences will really respond to.” According to the book’s official description, however, it doesn’t focus much on an element that has famously been Meyer’s forte: Romance. Here’s the synopsis: