No Safety in Numbers

No Safety in Numbers

Book - 2012
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Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall when a biological bomb igoes 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
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780803738737
Branch Call Number: YF Lore
Characteristics: 263 p.


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Jul 04, 2019

It was an okay book and there were many good and bad parts, but overall it was a fine story. I enjoyed that there were different perspectives from four different people. However, the story was a bit unrealistic. I am not just talking about the plot, I'm talking about the character personalities and actions. I think the author made the teens too different from nowadays. As a kid myself, I can assure you that nobody tries to kill people for damaging a car. Most of the time it is mostly faking to another person. Also, Shay was my least liked character. I felt no connection or feeling to her. She seems annoying and doesn't understand things. She seems too perfect. Don't get me wrong, Marco's my favourite character. The reason is that he is the most relatable and logical character. However, I feel no sympathy for the kids or the people stuck in the mall. Ryan and Shay literally call themselves a couple after seeing each other for one day, a bit unrealistic right? Besides, I have no emotional connection to any of them. If they die, I probably won't feel anything. All in all, the book has a good idea, but the characters make it fake.

Kaya_D Jul 18, 2016

The idea of this book sounded really interesting, but I had no sympathy for the characters whatsoever. They were all supposed to be 'flawed' I guess but they were so unrealistic, I had trouble identifying with any of the characters. I did read (skim through) the whole series, but ONLY for the plot developments and nothing else. The characters were so boring, I almost *wanted* them to die. I can't say if the writing was good or not because I just skimmed through the books.
The story was a good idea and the book had a good creepy vibe, but if you like feeling as if you were the characters experiencing emotions, No Safety in Numbers is not for you.

Jan 31, 2016

A great book for pretty much any age! Four teenagers trying to survive and keep people safe during a mall lockdown because of a bio-weapon discovered in the air duct.

Jul 06, 2015

I liked this book. It had interesting characters, action, and an unpredictable plot.

May 03, 2014

A great book. Can't wait to read the next one.

Jan 02, 2014

Best book i've ever read

Nov 28, 2013

Marco is in the parking lot of the mall being chased by football jocks, and by a stroke of luck, the HVAC room is open. That's where he discovers a bomb in the air vent and calls 911. Lexi is at the mall with her mom (the senator) and her dad for "family time" when her mom gets a phone call and the mall is shut down, with everyone inside. Ryan is here just to get away like any other teen. He gets stuck at Toxic buying makeup for his zombie costume when the announcement comes on. Shay is hiding in a shirt rack at Toxic when Ryan accidentally pulls her out. Throughout their time in the quarantined mall, their paths will collide, their secrets will be revealed, government secrets will be kept,and for some people, death awaits them with the flu outbreak. Soon, they start to realize that no one is leaving, and no one will for a long time.

Aug 11, 2013

I really had trouble being empathetic with any of the characters in this book. All of them try to escape the mall at some point, even though they all have enough information to reasonably guess that leaving may spread whatever deadly sickness is rampaging through the mall. Their inability to accept that their goal may risk the lives of countless others made me really dislike them.

SPL_Kids Jul 26, 2013

At first, the teens thought that being trapped in a mall with lots of free restaurant food was rather fun.

Later, the fun and novelty wore off.

And later still, the quarantine became a scene of desperation and panic.

Four teens – two girls and two boys – are among the thousands of people suddenly quarantined in a huge, busy three-level shopping mall when a biological bomb is discovered in an air duct. Most have no idea why security and the police are preventing everyone from leaving or entering. A total communications blackout is in effect.

No Safety in Numbers is the account of the week-long mall lockdown, told from the alternating points of view of four teens, Marco, Lexi, Shay and Ryan.

As the story begins, each teen is preoccupied with personal issues. Very soon, these issues are forced well into the background as the confusion in the mall grows. People are looking for information and asking questions – but there are no answers. Many are trying, unsuccessfully, to make phone calls. Some try to escape, but none succeed.

As the days pass, the confusion turns to fear and violence as food grows scarce, people fall sick with a mysterious illness and some even die. Riots occur, and when hazmat crews show up, there is mass panic. The four teens try to help others, but in the end, they must simply try to survive.

Dayna Lorentz’s gripping novel envisions what can happen when “regular people are faced with impossible choices”, when fear and the instinct for survival seem to trump logical and compassionate behavior in many people. In others, including the four teens, the crisis brings out the best. Readers will ask themselves “Could this situation happen in my community, and if it did, how would I react?”

There is little resolution at the end of this novel (which is somewhat similar to The Lord of the Flies and Contagion) but it will be followed by a soon-to-be-published sequel, No Easy Way Out.

Jul 14, 2013

I loved every part of this book!

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