Wednesday, 24 September 2014

In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
It’s 10-years since the events in ‘Not a Drop to Drink’, and polio is working its way through the small community where Lucy and Lynn live.
When circumstance forces them to leave their home, will they survive away from the pond? And what is going on in the rest of the world?

I was looking forward to this book after reading ‘Not a Drop to Drink’, but unfortunately, I was ultimately disappointed.

Even though this book is told from a third person point of view, it was clear that the main character that we were following was Lucy, which was obviously different to the first book where we were following Lynn. I wasn’t sure how to take this at first, especially as we were given no indication of how much time had passed since the end of book 1 (I didn’t work out that it was around 10 years until the 52% mark).

Lucy was an okay character, but I just couldn’t get a feel for her the way I did for Lynn. The fact that she had aged 10 years since the previous book also didn’t help, as I felt like I didn’t really know her at all.

The storyline in this bored me. I actually liked the storyline in the first book, even with the lack of world-building, but this just didn’t pull me in, and I got bored the further in I got. To be honest the only interesting points in this book were at the 90% mark, and the 99% mark, and ultimately that wasn’t enough to save the book for me.
There was a touch of romance, but it was difficult to appreciate it when the last time we had known Lucy she was 6, and I had no idea how old she was now. The romance also didn’t end well, and that’s all I’m saying.

The ending was probably the part that confused this rating slightly, because it ended with Lynn doing something questionable, even though we were left with a message of hope. I did like the end in some respects, but it was also a bit dodgy. In some ways I’m glad I know what became of people, and in other’s I wish I’d enjoyed the first book and not gone through the boredom that was this one.

Overall; this book did have a couple of good points, but they were extremely well hidden. It really is 50:50 whether this book is worth reading, and to be honest I’m still undecided about this.
4.5 out of 10.


  1. Sorry you didn't like this more. I enjoyed the first book and this one is on my TBR list. If I get to it, I'll have to see if I agree.