In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis
The only thing bigger than the world is fear.
Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.
When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.
In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.
What you’re in for: Community. Isolation. Disease. Travel. Danger. Survival. Changes. Heart break. Hope.
Changes from its predecessor:
– This book doesn’t have the same feel to it as Not a Drop to Drink.
– This is told from Lucy’s POV, instead of Lynn’s. Lynn is viewed as the “older woman”.
– A lot of time had passed since the first book ended.
– Less of a survival story; more of a travel/journey story.
Am I glad I read it? I didn’t like this one as much as the first, but I’m still glad I read it. It’s always nice to have closure for a story (even when it’s not as complete as you’d like, like this book). This book just felt so different, and for good reason considering all the changes and switch-ups in the story line. But, I didn’t feel like this one was quite as good as the first.