Author: 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.
So normally I hate is when a sequel is announced after I’ve read the first book thinking it was a standalone, but Not a Drop to Drink was one of my favorite YA post-apocalyptic dystopian type books even with my reluctance to read it at first. So with all that being said I was more than excited to read In A Handful Of Dust and I'm glad it lived up to the awesomeness of the first book.
Lynn the main character of Not A Drop To Drink is no longer a teenager. She is now in the "mother" role of raising her own teen. Remember Lucy, the little girl she took in? Yep that is the girl we get to hear this story from. This book has a different feel to it than the first book. Both are gripping and gritty but In A Handful Of Dust has a hint of wanderlust in it even if the journey started not really by choice. Lucy's story is about survival in a dangerously beautiful world just as much as it's a weird coming of age story with her trying to literary find a place in the world.With Lucy becoming her own person not just how Lynn is or others around her. With new and old characters Lucy and Lynn's journey is defiantly worth the read.
Unlike reading some stories were the main characters are on a long journey and I lose interest, In A Handful Of Dust kept me glued to the page from start to finish. I really like the cover and how the mountains are in the background the color scheme also seems dusty and it ties in great with the first book cover .Once again Mindy McGinnis wrote about a tragically gorgeous world where survival is key and some times the right choice isn't the easiest choice to make.5/5