Series: Not a Drop to Drink, #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
It always breaks my heart when I find out that a standalone which I loved and was satisfied with, has a sequel coming out. Not a Drop to Drink was one of my favourite science-fiction books of 2013 and when I found out that there was a sequel coming out this year, I was quite confused. I mean, what else do you want to write about? Just to clear up some things, this book is a mix between a sequel and a spin-off. Reading book 1 would be a wise choice, because as the stories are tied. We do still have the same old characters, but, we are also introduced to new characters as well as having a different major lead, which happens to be the little Lucy. But in this book, she’s already in her late teens.
In a Handful of Dust worked surprisingly well for a sequel that I was really iffy about. We are once again brought back into Lynn and Lucy’s world—a truly terrifying one where water is scarce and the conditions are poor and diseases are floating about everywhere. Mindy McGinnis excels at creating a realistic atmosphere which feels like it could really happen to us in the future. It’s a gritty and bleak story full of a few shocking facts that we as people right now can even relate to.
Once again, the highlight of Mindy McGinnis’ latest for me was her characters. Lynn is now around 27 years of age and it took me a while to get my head around that, because I always remembered her as the bad-ass teenager. Don’t worry, she’s still just as bad-ass though. Lucy, now a teenager happens to be more of the lead in this story. Lucy is very open-hearted but strong and a capable young lady—I really appreciated how these two characters were both kick-ass in their own way, and both their voices were very distinct. There wasn’t a moment when I got the two mixed up. Their mother-daughter relationship is another strong element for In a Handful of Dust. While they aren’t a blood bonded relationship, it was just as strong and true. Their dialogue is really sweet and and acts as comic relief–Lucy is always trying to lighten the situation whereas Lynn tends to be the serious one. They balanced out each other perfectly.
In a Handful of Dust also brings many interesting topics to the table. Lynn and Lucy go on a trek to California, and on the way, they meet many different types of people. It’s really interesting to see how people can be act so differently and cruelly when desperate for survival, and to what extent. The author brings up the fact that people are only living to survive, not living to actually live.
Once again another fantastically crafted novel, Mindy McGinnis offers a book full of entertaining characters and a brutal world that I would never want to live in. That’s probably one of the reasons why I really enjoy it so much.
~Thank you Katherine Tegen for sending me this copy!~
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