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.
I don’t know who in the Harper design department owes their life to Mindy McGinnis, but her covers are always amazing. It’s just enough reminiscent of Not A Drop To Drink to be a gorgeous companion novel but also enough its own book to stand out in the best way.
I love that it shows the scope of the story’s travels. In Drop, we stay with Lynn at her house. We are constrained to her tiny world by the pond, so that’s what we see on the cover. But here, the characters are moving, journeying toward the looming mountains in the distance. The world is bigger here, but it is also just as dangerous, as the fire-glow to the left demonstrates. In a world drained of water, I can think of few things scarier than a fire in dry grass.
That’s enough of my squeeing. What do YOU think of this cover?