Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Series: Not a Drop to Drink #2
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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.
In many ways, I liked In A Handful of Dust more than its predecessor Not a Drop to Drink. However, the last 15% or so didn’t quite work for me, I was left with a lot of questions. Still, this is a solid contribution to the YA dystopian genre that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Starting out with the positives, the pacing is fantastic. I’m reminded a little bit of The Forever Song because it has the main characters traveling for a large portion of the book, but it was not as tedious or uneventful. Something was always happening or had to be dealt with, but not unrealistically so. You really wanted to see where the book was going to go, and the pages flew by.
It’s no secret that I tend to prefer a character driven novel, and I felt more of a connection to the characters in this book than I did with its companion. I really sympathized with Lucy and Lynn, as well as all the other characters. I wanted the best for them. The story really revolves around the two and their emotional journey as well as their actual one.
About 20% before the end, things started to seem out of place. It sometimes felt like a totally different book, there was a new setting and different plot-lines were introduced. It seemed kind of unnecessary- it didn’t really move the story along. Plus, there was an addition (somewhat of a small surprise) that was really out there and had me going WHAT?
In a bad way, not a good way.
View Spoiler »For those of you who have read it, I’m talking about the town with Lander and Ben and when it was revealed the water was from the human bodies. Actually, all the characters there were really odd. « Hide Spoiler
On the topic of the ending, the whole book built up and built up but it kind of just fizzled out at the end. Everything was tied up quickly and easily, wrapped up but lacking a bow. It was bittersweet, and I definitely had a case of FEELS but I still felt the conclusion was anti-climatic, especially since I was so invested in this story and the characters. There was a relatively open ending, at least in my mind. I prefer all loose ends dealt with and there to be a clear ending with few What Ifs. However, I do realize that particular type of ending might not have worked well with this series.
But those were the only real issues I had with the book, I thought it was great overall and will recommend both In A Handful of Dust and Not a Drop to Drink for anyone looking for a realistic dystopia or just a good read in general.
This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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