Author: Mindy McGinnis.
Published: September 23rd 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books.
Sort: Part #2. Not a drop to drink.
Review part #1. Not a drop to drink.
Source: I received an ARC from HarperCollins international.
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.
Lucy grew up in the care of Lynn, her adoptive mother. Lynn has been thought all her life to take care of their pond, the only way they can survive in this world where water is scarce - until she and Lucy are forced to leave the only safe world they know. Lynn has heard rumours about a desalinization plant at the coat in California and she and Lucy set out on a dangerous journey across the land to reach that destination.
This book has the same tense and creepy atmosphere as Not a drop to drink. The only difference is that the situation is even worse, because now they have to survive without their safe haven. Their adventure across the country would have killed me. They have to be careful and are always aware of the potential dangers that surround them. I was constantly fearing for their lives, waiting for something to happen. There are some gruesome situations, which was perfect to show the desperation and how that forces people to do horrible things.
It’s obvious Lynn’s mother taught her well; this girl has a crazy talent for survival. I admire her and how she finds a solution for all their problems. There is something breakable about her though, despite her cold and strong behavior. This is the Lynn I met in Not a drop to drink, but it’s also clear she has grown over the years. Her bond with Lucy is heart-warming. These two met under strange circumstances and it’s clear they care a lot for each other.
I liked that this book focuses on Lucy and it’s written from her POV in third person. Her soft and somewhat naive heart have an interesting effect on Lynn – something we also saw in Not a drop to drink. It’s good that Lucy never changed and that she strays true to her real nature: that no matter what Lynn says, she’s always able to see the good things in humans.
There is one thing that disappointed me and that’s the lack of romance. I know! This is coming from me. Mindy touches the subject very briefly, like in Not a drop to drink, but I felt it should have played a more prominent role in this book or she should have kept it out of the story completely. It felt a bit like a plot hole, as if she sometimes forgot about it and then suddenly remembered it was there. She could have handled it with more care, but it also shows that she can be brutal and isn’t afraid to put her characters into misery.
The ending is satisfying, but also made me wish she was planning to write another book about Lynn and Lucy. I’m not done with them.