22 September, 2014

book review

In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis

My Copy: ARC ePub eBook, 237 pages
Publication Date: September 23, 2014 (tomorrow!)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: Dystopian | Young Adult

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.

My Review

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.

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6 Responses to “Hits Stores Tomorrow Review: In a Handful of Dust”

  1. We have opposite reactions to this story. LOL! I thought this book to be better than the first because of how there was more going on and more characters to get to know. This felt more like a Dystopian and less like a how-to-survive-without-running-water-guide, which is how I felt about book one. It’s great that we both like this story overall though. I’m buying it just so that it can go on my shelf with the other one. LOL

    • Good point, but I still liked the first better – haha. Yes, always a good plan to display full series on a shelf. (They’re so pretty sitting beside each other, aren’t they?)

  2. I haven’t read either of them. Do I want to? Would you recommend them now that the 2nd one wasn’t as good as the first one?

    • Meh. They were just okay for me. Now, after it’s been a couple months since I read these books, there is no great lasting impression on me. I still remember them, but they aren’t left in my mind as books that I would necessarily recommend, ya know? They weren’t bad, just not that great either.