Review: In a Handful Of Dust

Nov •  6 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: In a Handful Of DustIn A Handful Of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

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.

Since loving the first book, I just knew I had to read this one. It was as intense as the first with plenty of new developments.

Plot: Where do I begin? So this picks where it left off with the survivors doing their best to live. Within moments people start to get sick. The plot does a great job keeping the reader in the story. We follow the main character, Luci and her struggles with trying to keep the people safe and healthy. I really adore how the plot grew bigger and bigger till the ending just left me well…

Friendships/Surviving: While there is much going on with the book, I was very interested in seeing Luci grow as a character. She has changed much since the last book. Her love interest began to grow but comes to a halt. I wanted more for Luci.

Ending: The ending leaves on good note but it also leaves room for more.  I’m hoping that there will be a third book but if not, well it ended okay.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It had plenty of action, new characters as well threats coming from all directions.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Nov 6, 2014

    I still need to read this series Savy! I’ve heard such good things and those covers are just calling to me. SO PRETTY! *fingers crossed for a third book*

  2. Giselle
    Nov 7, 2014

    I thought this was more like 10-15 years later than right after book 1 – I just started this one on audio. I loved book 1 and it sounds like this one is just as great and intense! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  3. Sounds like it needs at least one more book. Wanting more is a good thing. Need to start this series!

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Nov 7, 2014

    I also really loved the first book — I need to make time for this one!
    Jen @ YA Romantics