In a Handful of Dust




Goodreads Summary:

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.

After reading Not a Drop to Drink, I wasn’t sure how I felt about transitioning from Lynn to Lucy as the main POV. I did like that it was set about 10 years later though. Overall, Lucy didn’t thrill me, honestly I didn’t like her that much. She’s really different from Lynn, which isn’t a bad thing, but she’s selfish, takes Lynn for granted, and is quick to get her way. I did like how adventurous she was and how she handled the journey they take across the country, but still. And she makes Lynn sounds old, I mean she’s only 27, but the way she talks about her she sounds like she’s in her 40s! 

The twist with the people in Vegas – crazy! I like that after Lucy freaks out on Lynn (which I get is a bit understandable – she killed her bf – but still, he was dying and they both thought it was the only way) that Lynn is proved right about her distrust of the people. How Lucy ever thought they were good people baffles me – I mean they started manipulating them as soon as they got to town.

I was really glad to see Lynn go back home to Ohio. She deserved it, especially since she gave up so much for Lucy, who didn’t really seem to appreciate it.

Overall, I didn’t like it as much as the first book, but it was still a good read.

2 thoughts on “In a Handful of Dust

  1. I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I heard Mindy was writing a sequel! I’m saving it as a “birthday treat” in December. I kind of wish I wouldn’t have read your review, though. You give away a lot. **scrubbing mind clean of everything I just read** I find it interesting your take on Lucy. Do you feel you need to like a character to read about them? Sometimes for me the most interesting characters are not perfect, not necessarily like able, but the author explains their motivations so I can at least understand them. For example, Scarlet OHara is reprehensible , but I still wanted to see her succeed.


    • Sorry! I try to be vague in these reviews! And my coworker and I were actually talking about that yesterday with Katniss, without the secondary characters forcing out her nice side, she’s so unlikable! And with Lucy, I just didn’t connect with her, and it was really hard for me having Lynn right there, but not hearing from her.

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