In a Handful of Dust
by Mindy McGinnis
Published on September 23rd, 2014
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Dystopian, Survival Stories, Young Adult
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Also by this author: In a Handful of Dust
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.
I’m super excited to be part of the blog tour for Mindy McGinnis’ In a Handful of Dust. I really enjoyed Not a Drop to Drink (see my review here) and I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Lynn after its ending. I will be posting my review soon (*hint* I loved it too!)
DON’T WAIT FOR THE WORLD TO END
We all have our own hero dream. The one where we pull someone out of a wrecked car, or are the only person willing to run into the burning building. But in reality we tend to drive by accidents, sometimes rubber-necking to see just “how bad” it is, and if you’ve ever tried to get close to a real fire you’ll know that your bravado gets singed away long before your arm hairs. Minor fender benders send us into shock and there’s a panic in the kitchen when the gas flame goes a little higher than anticipated.
So what happens when things get ugly… really ugly?
Self-preservation is a hard and fast rule of human nature. We want to be alive, and most of us will go to any means necessary to stay that way. When in a situation like my characters in NOT A DROP TO DRINK, where our own survival is threatened by the simple presence of others, the simple truth is that a lot of us would drop our humanitarian urges pretty quickly.
Or maybe not.
Maybe some of us would find that we’re not fighting just for ourselves, but for those we love. And that’s where things go from ugly to… sticky. There’s a gray area in between right and wrong in some situations, and IN A HANDFUL OF DUST explores that area just as NOT A DROP TO DRINK did.
Chaos and anarchy can bring out the worst in people, but it also gives us a chance to show ourselves at our best. Who are we when no one is there to force us to do the right thing? In a world where there are no laws and you make your own morality, people have a chance to truly illustrate who they actually are at their core.
But you can do that without the world ending, and I highly suggest you do.
Things don’t have to be ugly in order for you to make the right decisions, and while saving a baby from a burning building might be flashier than standing up for yourself or speaking the truth and sticking to it, it’s the everyday that we have to live over and over again.
So build up your character now, before the world ends 🙂
**Great words of wisdom from Mindy, right?**
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