Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

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.

Let me start out by saying how much I absolutely loved Not a Drop to Drink, the first book in the series.  Lynn was such a kick-butt, strong, tough and independent heroine that I just breezed through that book, despite the fact there were very few characters and the setting was very small.  I breezed through this sequel as well.

Due to an issue with the water, Lynn and her adoptive daughter Lucy must leave the home they've always known and protected, and must strike off to California where they hear there may be some normal communities to live in.  I was slightly disappointed in the fact that this book was told from Lucy's perspective rather than Lynn's, since I had loved Lynn so much.  However, once I got used to it, I liked it.

Lucy has grown up from the little girl we knew in the first book to be a young woman, but there were times when some of her choices and selfishness got on my nerves in a bad way.  However, throughout the course of the book, she grows and changes, and this is very gratifying to watch.

The places that this book takes these two characters are dangerous, deadly, and at one point, pretty sickening, but it made for some very real conflict, and had me on the edge of my seat.

Lynn is still very prominent, and I loved how strong and self-sufficient she is.  To me, Lynn is still the glue that holds this story together, and she was the main reason why I read and enjoyed the book, no offence to Lucy.

This author did an amazing job with this story.   I enjoyed it very much and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

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