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Title: In A Handful of Dust
   Author: Mindy McGinnis
   Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

     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.

My Stance:

     In a Handful of Dust while the book is relatively new, I just don't have it, and the first book, was just great. I didn't realize it wa Lynn from the first book and thought it was another set of girls, well that just makes my hype and what I thought the book would be about that much better. I don't remember Lucy and maybe I will if I go back and look over some of the review notes of the first book. The first book ended so well, that having this book is a must. I haven't found it yet and while I could order it online, I've been trying to find a good Indie store with it.

     What I like most about this book is the two seem to have made a lifestyle for themselves out of the pond. In a world where water is a precious commodity and means life and death, leaving it behind would be hard to do. However, what happens when that water is the reason part of the community is dying. I find that dilemma hard to follow, not in a logical sort of way, but a what would I do in that situation sort of position. Further, the whole situation and needing to trek across the country makes the whole bit more surreal and dire. The first book was about humanity and fighting for survival, this book seems more about survival. I love the premise and the idea, and I just hope that Mindy McGinnis will deliver.
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