Author: Mindy McGinnis
Series: Not a Drop to Drink #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Date Read: August 19th, 2014
Point of View: Single (Lucy)
Writing: Third Person | Past Tense
Setting: Various Locations
Genre: Young Adult | Post Apocalyptic
In a Nut Shell...
It's an emotional and beautiful book about sacrifice and endurance.
Advance Reader Copy provided by Katherine Tegen Books
All I could think of after finishing this book was... More please!
In a Handful of Dust takes place 10 years after Not a Drop to Drink, the first installment in this series. It may be the companion book, but some details from book 1 are necessary in order to fully understand how the characters are the way they are now, so I suggest you read Not a Drop to Drink first before reading this one.
Right after I finished reading book 1, I fell in love with the raw and brutal way the author told the story. It was depressing, but that was what made the book all the more beautiful and captivating. Likewise, this one broke my heart because it was so brutally beautiful and honest in a depressing way. I was addicted.
The characters stole my heart. Lucy may not have been as strong and butt-kicking as Lynn was back in book one, but she was a wonderful character all the same. I loved her as much as I loved Lynn because even the girl saw goodness in almost everyone, she was still cautious and was also great at thinking on her feet. As for Lynn, I guess because of what she had to go through in Not a Drop to Drink, she because even more of a tough person. I felt so sorry for her that she couldn't let anyone in, but based on what had happened, I couldn't blame her for doing so.
There were new characters added to the story. Some warmed my heart, some made me cry, and some made me wish I could punch them in the face. I loved the additional characters and the diversity they brought to the book.
Lynn and Lucy's relationship made me love this book even more. The way they both were willing to sacrifice anything for one another brought tears to my eyes. I loved that Lynn called Lucy "Little one"; it was sweet.
The writing as I mentioned above was exceptional. I have to say I loved this book even more than the first one because there were a lot more going on, as well as the spot-on storyline that made the book one of the best post-apocalyptic themed book I have ever read. I loved the shocking surprises the author cunningly added to the story.
So there you have it. I loved this book and I'm not going to lie, there were so many heartbreaking scenes in this one. If you are looking for a romance that will make you swoon because the male character has amazing abs and whatnot, you might not like this book. However, if you are looking for a book that will melt your heart, I do think you will love this book.