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No Safety in Numbers

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No Safety in Numbers

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Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall after a biological bomb goes off in an air duct, learn that in an emergency people change, and not always for the better, as many become sick and supplies run low.

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Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall after a biological bomb goes off in an air duct, learn that in an emergency people change, and not always for the better, as many become sick and supplies run low. "Think of the heart-racing chase of The Hunger Games, but a giant mall is your arena."--Seventeen.com

A suspenseful survival story and modern day Lord of the Flies set in a mall that looks just like yours.



A biological bomb has just been discovered in the air ducts of a busy suburban mall. At first nobody knows if it's even life threatening, but then the entire complex is quarantined, people start getting sick, supplies start running low, and there's no way out. Among the hundreds of trapped shoppers are four teens.

These four different narrators, each with their own stories, must cope in unique, surprising manners, changing in ways they wouldn't have predicted, trying to find solace, safety, and escape at a time when the adults are behaving badly. This is a gripping look at people and how they can—and must—change under the most dire of circumstances.

And not always for the better.

Specifications

Series Title
No Safety In Numbers
Publisher
Penguin Young Readers Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
288
Author
Dayna Lorentz
ISBN-13
9780142425978
Publication Date
April, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.31 x 5.50 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10
0142425974
Customer Reviews
3.4
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Top Positive Review
I arrived at work today t
I arrived at work today to find a package of No Safety in Numbers waiting for me in my mail slot. I had never heard of it, but, inside the package, I found a face mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer, which, luckily, piqued my interest. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the cover art on the galley I was sent. Personally, I think a black background with a red title would look cleaner. The crinkled yellow background that it features now makes it look almost childish, not serious, which I feel would be more fitting of the plot. BUT if you find the cover off putting like I did, whatever you do, don't dismiss this debut! I love the concept of this novel, though it isn't necessary something you've never seen before. It's a movie plot that's been done more than a few times and is being pitched as Contagion meets Lord of the Flies, though, in all honesty, it leans a bit more towards Contagion then the latter. Still, Dayna Lorentz focuses on a group of teens trapped in this dangerous situation, which keeps what could be tired idea fresh. I don't know a lot about biological warfare, or warfare in general, but I know enough to be terrified of the possibilities it could create. The setting of No Safety in Numbers makes the idea more present and realistic. The reactions of those quarantined, with little explanation and virtually no information, were, simultaneously, understandable and unbelievable. Being an outside observer, while still being able to put oneself in the position of the character, the reader is at an interesting crossroads. I realized that I would probably try some of the same things if I were trapped inside, but I also know, as the reader, it would all be pointless and lend itself to chaos. I appreciated that each of the characters had relatable and realistic feelings about the situation. At one point, one yearned for a leader, even one lacking stability, one wanted to help others, one didn't want to feel alone, and another felt separate from everyone else... The next moment feelings would seem to switch between the characters as more unforeseen events developed, lending the characters greater personality. No Safety in Numbers is the first in a planned trilogy, but the ending of book one wrapped up nicely while still leaving me craving the continuation. Towards the end of this book, I was feeling more of a Lord of the Flies vibe, which definitely caused some excitement and leads me to believe the next installment promises good things. I'd definitely add this one to your 2012 to-read list... you'll never think of a weekend trip to the mall the same way again!
Top Negative Review
A bomb with an unknown pa
A bomb with an unknown payload (probably biological) is found hidden in the parking garage in a suburban mall, resulting in the building being locked down and quarantined. For at least a week.At least? Yeah, because this is BOOK ONE and the first book is only a week, and it takes FOUR DAYS before the rioting and looting starts. Mall employees continue working, and caring about working the registers and busting shoplifters. Suspending as much disbelief as this book requires is HARD. Big plot holes. And seriously, nobody noticed that easily a thousand people had disappeared out of the mall? And nobody tried busting into the ice rink just because there was a sign up that said it was broken or closed or whatever? Really?Promising premise, poor execution. Things dragged and I think we could have easily made this a stand-alone; the ending really should have been maybe the halfway point. I like the idea of a small-scale apocalypse, affecting a closed community (like Megan Crewe's The Way We Fall), but this fell way short of the mark for me.
Top Positive Review
I arrived at work today t
I arrived at work today to find a package of No Safety in Numbers waiting for me in my mail slot. I had never heard of it, but, inside the package, I found a face mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer, which, luckily, piqued my interest. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the cover art on the galley I was sent. Personally, I think a black background with a red title would look cleaner. The crinkled yellow background that it features now makes it look almost childish, not serious, which I feel would be more fitting of the plot. BUT if you find the cover off putting like I did, whatever you do, don't dismiss this debut! I love the concept of this novel, though it isn't necessary something you've never seen before. It's a movie plot that's been done more than a few times and is being pitched as Contagion meets Lord of the Flies, though, in all honesty, it leans a bit more towards Contagion then the latter. Still, Dayna Lorentz focuses on a group of teens trapped in this dangerous situation, which keeps what could be tired idea fresh. I don't know a lot about biological warfare, or warfare in general, but I know enough to be terrified of the possibilities it could create. The setting of No Safety in Numbers makes the idea more present and realistic. The reactions of those quarantined, with little explanation and virtually no information, were, simultaneously, understandable and unbelievable. Being an outside observer, while still being able to put oneself in the position of the character, the reader is at an interesting crossroads. I realized that I would probably try some of the same things if I were trapped inside, but I also know, as the reader, it would all be pointless and lend itself to chaos. I appreciated that each of the characters had relatable and realistic feelings about the situation. At one point, one yearned for a leader, even one lacking stability, one wanted to help others, one didn't want to feel alone, and another felt separate from everyone else... The next moment feelings would seem to switch between the characters as more unforeseen events developed, lending the characters greater personality. No Safety in Numbers is the first in a planned trilogy, but the ending of book one wrapped up nicely while still leaving me craving the continuation. Towards the end of this book, I was feeling more of a Lord of the Flies vibe, which definitely caused some excitement and leads me to believe the next installment promises good things. I'd definitely add this one to your 2012 to-read list... you'll never think of a weekend trip to the mall the same way again!
Top Negative Review
A bomb with an unknown pa
A bomb with an unknown payload (probably biological) is found hidden in the parking garage in a suburban mall, resulting in the building being locked down and quarantined. For at least a week.At least? Yeah, because this is BOOK ONE and the first book is only a week, and it takes FOUR DAYS before the rioting and looting starts. Mall employees continue working, and caring about working the registers and busting shoplifters. Suspending as much disbelief as this book requires is HARD. Big plot holes. And seriously, nobody noticed that easily a thousand people had disappeared out of the mall? And nobody tried busting into the ice rink just because there was a sign up that said it was broken or closed or whatever? Really?Promising premise, poor execution. Things dragged and I think we could have easily made this a stand-alone; the ending really should have been maybe the halfway point. I like the idea of a small-scale apocalypse, affecting a closed community (like Megan Crewe's The Way We Fall), but this fell way short of the mark for me.
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This series of books is a

This series of books is all the rage at my son's middle school, with many kids (not him) finishing the series last year.I finally got to this one (his request). I found it quite good, and definitely with more mature themes and vocabulary than he usually chooses, so yay!Rather dystopian in nature, this book follows 4 teens who are trapped in a mall after a flu is sent into the ventilation system. They have been sealed in by the authorities, and the book follows the fights, the relationships, the fun, the fear, and the flu as it spreads. There are some gaping holes (with so many exits, public and not, it is hard to believe that no one ran when they announced the event); how could they be running out of food after 3 days; how could there be no communications, etc etc. Perhaps some will be addressed in book 2? We shall see.

I picked this YA novel up

I picked this YA novel up by chance at my local library. I really enjoyed it. There are 4 main characters that criss-cross throughout the book: Shay, Marco, Ryan and Lexi. The story is about a biological bomb set off in a mall and everyone in the mall becomes quarantined indefinitely. Panic sets in as time goes by, people become sick and people try to escape. Very good book and I will be reading the second in the trilogy soon.

[No Safety in Numbers] by

[No Safety in Numbers] by [Dayna Lorentz] is a well written YA novel along the common theme in this genre lately. The concept of survival has always been in literature but recently there has been a huge upswing in YA lit for dystopian and disasters. I personally enjoy it since that is what Ilike to read. This book is the first of a trilogy that follows four different teenager as they try to survive and protect those they care about during a biological attack on a mall. I like how [Lorentz] gave voice to the main characters by alternating chapters. I can also see how three of the four characters are interconnected. I look forward to reading the second and third books. I will be adding this book to my classroom library and recommending it.

(originally reviewed alon

(originally reviewed along with Monument 14 on Book Sp(l)ot Reviews) Life As We Knew It meets Lord of the Flies in a mall that looks just like yours. When a biological bomb is discovered in the air ducts of a busy suburban shopping mall, everyone inside is in danger. But almost no one knows it. With the entire mall quarantined, no one even knows for sure if the bomb is dangerous, but then people start getting sick. Told through four teenage narrators, No Safety in Numbers shows us their attempts to deal with being stuck inside a mall, their attempts to escape, to deal with the rapidly changing environment and how the situation changes everyone. Not all changes are what they - or readers - would expect and not all are changes for the better. With even adults behaving badly, can the teens make it through? No Safety in Numbers is one to make you second guess that next trip to the mall. What starts out as an average day for everyone - a quick trip to pick up shoes, to spend time with friends or see a movie - soon turns into something drastically different. It's great that we're introduced to all of the narrators in the calm, 'before' time. We get to see more of who they usually are, outside of such an extraordinary situation. As things gradually get more tense, more unsure and everyone starts to get more worried and more frenzied, we're then able to see how each of them reacts and see the changes in them. Seeing the changes is much better than just being introduced to them after the worry had set in. Alternating perspectives also allows us to see the characters through other characters eyes. The different characters meet and interact with each other throughout the novel, allowing us to interpret their actions not only based on our own feelings, but those of others in the mall. Lorentz found realistic ways for their paths to cross, despite the number of people in the mall, and those interactions kept the story moving and gave insight to the characters. There was not a lot of tension in No Safety in Numbers - despite the sickness, bomb presence. It was more about the characters and their tension, want to get leave. There was enough to keep you wanting to know if they'd manage an escape, if they'd get sick, if the quarantine would last, etc. An enjoyable, quick read - I'm really hoping for some more from Lorentz! Rating: 8/10 Pair them up: Monument 14 and No Safety in Numbers are great to read one after the other - or close together. One has a world where the outside is the danger and the inside is safe; one has a world where the outside i safe and the inside is the danger. In both, everyone needs to stay in but really wants out. Filled with great characters most of whom are together by circumstance, both books leave you wondering what will happen from one page to the next. There's tension and suspense in them both. If you like one, I highly believe you'll like the other.

A suspenseful novel about

A suspenseful novel about a bomb, victims, and the government. Four teens among many people at a mall are not allowed to leave when a black box is discovered by the air system. What could be disseminated by air? Is it harmful? Is it terrorism? At first only the Senator eating at the mall, the government, and Marco (the teen who discovered the box) know about the box. The mall patrons are only told that they cannot leave. Days pass. Bathrooms stink. Food becomes scarce. If you like thrillers, this one isn't too bad. It is a book one, which surprised me because I think it could have been taken care of in one book. Nonetheless, it's interesting to watch how people lose their humanity and start abusing other people in a survival situation. There are some who can hold on to their humanity and care for people, but it always seems like these are the minority. There's a nice cliff-hanger at the end.
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