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.
Note: This review may have light spoilers for the previous book (in that you know who made it out alive.)
Mindy McGinnis has a special talent for making me very, very nervous. When I first heard Not a Drop To Drink would have a companion novel, I scrambled to secure a copy. I was excited! I was ready! But the closer I got to reading In a Handful of Dust, the more I shied away from it. And then I reread Not a Drop to Drink and really was worried about revisiting Lynn and Lucy. Their world is scary. It’s hard and unfair and disgusting, and lots of people die. Was I truly ready to reenter that world? Would I be able to handle it? Continue Reading →