by Mindy McGinnis
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.
North American publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, September 2014
Audiobook publisher: Harper Audio
Foreign rights sold: Brazil (Darkside Books); Germany (Heyne)
Foreign rights contact: Katherine Tegen Books
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Tension’s maintained by constant, subtle foreshadowing (rather than transparent cliffhangers), and the characters rarely feel safe enough for readers to relax. Hard to put down.”—Kirkus Reviews
A haunting feminine version of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and makes for worthy reading indeed … This is a very satisfying journey, by turns philosophical and riveting.” —VOYA