No Easy Way Out (No Safety in Numbers Series #2)

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The sequel to No Safety in Numbers; a modern day Lord of the Flies for fans of apocalyptic thrillers

It's Day 7 in the quarantined mall. The riot is over and the senator trapped inside is determined to end the chaos. Even with new rules, assigned jobs, and heightened security, she still needs to get the teen population under control. So she enlists Marco's help?allowing him to keep his stolen universal card key in exchange for spying ...

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Overview

The sequel to No Safety in Numbers; a modern day Lord of the Flies for fans of apocalyptic thrillers

It's Day 7 in the quarantined mall. The riot is over and the senator trapped inside is determined to end the chaos. Even with new rules, assigned jobs, and heightened security, she still needs to get the teen population under control. So she enlists Marco's help—allowing him to keep his stolen universal card key in exchange for spying on the very football players who are protecting him.

But someone is working against the new systems, targeting the teens, and putting the entire mall in even more danger. Lexi, Marco, Ryan, and Shay believe their new alliances are sound.

They are wrong. Who can be trusted? And who will be left to trust?

The virus was just the beginning. 

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By the seventh day, things have begun to stabilize in the quarantined mall—or so it first seems. In contrast to the anarchy that unfolded in No Safety in Numbers, things are quieter, more organized, and the senator is working hard to heighten security; but beneath the surface, alliances are crumbling and betrayal is in the air. A post-apocalyptic series that brings Lord of the Flies tension to a new millennium.

VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Shopaholics sometimes fantasize about a situation that traps them in a mall allowing them free access to everything. When this scenario plays out in the second book of the No Safety in Numbers series, it is not a marvelous dream but a horrific nightmare. For readers who are unfamiliar with the plight of some unlucky shoppers, the book starts with a newspaper article that serves as an excellent backstory. Then it is on to day seven of a government-imposed quarantine wherein a virus has been released, people are dying, supplies are running low, and mayhem has ensued. The characters react to their situation in disconcerting ways as they miraculously recover from their illnesses and injuries to form alliances and scavenge for supplies. Bad behavior, discovered secrets, and broken promises continue until day fourteen finds the young people in a precarious situation that may have been created by the adults who view them as trouble makers in need of control or elimination. While the plot is unnervingly plausible, the action often gets bogged down with repetitiveness and minutiae. Unfortunately, in the case of the four main characters, stereotype trumps diversity. Lexi, a bright African-American, is the misunderstood daughter of a politician who has taken over control of the situation. Marco, a busboy who is an illegal, is always on the defense. Shaila, a new girl from India, is beautiful and conflicted. Luke is the typical high school jock, well-meaning but just not that smart. Students who like survival stories may find this book's premise interesting. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—One week has passed since a deadly virus was released through the air vents of the Stonecliff Mall. In this sequel to No Safety in Numbers (Dial, 2012), a fragile system is taking shape as Senator Dorothy Ross, one of the detainees, strictly rations food, assigns work schedules, and tries to keep a handle on the restless teenage population. As in the first book, the plot unfolds in alternating third-person perspectives. The senator's daughter, Lexi, is skeptical of her mother's ability to control the quarantined people to keep the virus at bay. While breaking the mandatory curfew, she has a chance encounter with Marco, who is newly allied with Ryan and his football-team buddies because of his stolen universal key card. Both boys adore Shay, who feels responsible for her grandmother's death and is trying her best to protect her younger sister. Survival is only part of what's at stake for these teens; all of them are attempting to redeem or reinvent themselves in some way. It isn't the terrible circumstances changing them; the quarantine is the catalyst to act on their desire to become the person they want to be, for better or worse. Lorentz wastes little time on establishing events from the previous book and plunges forward into the second week of detention. Crises and the mundane are handled with similar earnestness, although the action becomes monotonous once the author sets the narrative's rhythm: daytime scheming leads to nighttime partying. Although the characters lack true depth, readers who were captivated by No Safety in Numbers will continue to enjoy the seemingly doomed mall residents and will eagerly anticipate the series conclusion.—Joy Piedmont, LREI, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Over 1,500 people die from a flu strain released into an air vent in a crowded shopping mall, and the quarantined survivors descend into chaos in this protracted second installment of the story begun in No Safety in Numbers (2012). As in the first, four ethnically and economically diverse teens share an alternating third-person focus. Lexi, the geeky daughter of a high-powered senator, is arguably the most sympathetic as she struggles with her relationship with her power-hungry mother. She becomes interested in Marco, who has forged an uneasy alliance with a pair of jocks who were his tormenters before the mall locked down. He is preoccupied with impressing Shay, who is filled with hopelessness and angst that is perhaps understandable given the circumstances, but many may lose patience with her. Shay is also the object of desire for Ryan, an athlete with principles that guide him to take care of two orphaned children. A great deal of time is spent in developing the characters, but they still come off as somewhat stiff. Inauthentic teen dialogue ("Well, frak him right in the ass") is also likely to pull readers out of the story. Ostensibly an adventure tale, the slow pacing leaches energy from the central mystery of the virus, its cause and the horrors surrounding it, making it more of a snoozer than a thriller. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142425244
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: No Safety in Numbers Series , #2
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 43,958
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dayna Lorentz has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She used to practice law, but is now a full-time writer and part-time cupcake enthusiast. Dayna is the author of the No Safety in Numbers trilogy and lives in South Burlington, Vermont with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    No Easy Way Out is the second book in the No Safety in Numbers s

    No Easy Way Out is the second book in the No Safety in Numbers series and I have not read its predecessor and yet I do not feel like I have missed so much information that I was lost throughout the story. I understood everything because of the way Lorentz explained past situations through character memories and thoughts. Lorentz also has this newspaper article concerning the mall lock down that also brings you up to speed! So don't worry if you haven't read No Safety in Numbers yet; you won't be lost! 




    No Easy Way Out is for readers twelve and up so it does read a little simpler than what I'm used to but I still enjoyed it! There are several point of views within the book which some might not like but I don't mind it at all...in fact I love a couple different point of views within a good story! 




    All the kid's hormones, attitudes, and emotions are running rampant in the mall after the CDC and government put a lock down on the mall and its four-thousand plus "residents". During this time of fear, Lexi's mom, the Senator, seems to be running things within the mall. I get the impression that she means well...almost trying to run a Utopian society. Truly wanting to look out for the well being of everyone within the mall. No one really stepped up to take control with everything hit the fan, so she did and has been calling the shot since day one. She's very cut-throat! Or so she thinks, anyway. Except for some people running off the grid within, everything and everyone is monitored. Right down to when and what they eat, wear, and jobs you do. Anyone caught with symptoms of the virus or caught trying to live on their own is either imprisoned within a makeshift jail, or quarantined in the hospital they have set up.




    Most check in but most do NOT check out of the hospital as more and more people fall ill to the deadly flu! Lexi, Shay, Ryan and a couple others are noticing some weird thing though. Why is everyone acting like this is just another day in "Pleasantville"? Where are the bodies? Why has the government...and the rest of the world it seems, forgotten them? Are they just waiting for everyone to die? Are they going to just nuke them and be done with it? Lorentz drops a couple bombs on the reader and as the story continues to unfold, some of these questions are answered!




    I particularly liked Shay and Marco. I could totally feel Shay's pain and guilt over "letting" her grandmother die.  Her want to take responsibility for her sister but also feeling overwhelmed having to do so while battling her own fears. Marco...I am very interested in Marco's role in the riots and view of do or die, swindle, lie and cheat to survive this Hell. I felt like a friend of Marco's, I got where he was coming from. Survival of the fittest! Towards the end though, Lorentz takes him and another character, Mike, to the extreme! I love it!




    The brave citizens of Stonecliff Sentinel who can see through the image of a fully functional community are quickly finding out that there truly is No Easy Way Out!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    It was good

    I thought it was pretty good, except i hated marco in this book. He turns bad. It was ok though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Soooo bad

    Dont read this book its sooooo bad.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Amazing.

    This is a GREAT series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    GREAT

    GREAT opocoliptic type book very note worthy and intreaging spent hours at a time reading this one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Braden Carver No easy way out is the name of my book. The book t

    Braden Carver
    No easy way out is the name of my book. The book takes place in a mall in a unknown state. People were having another regular day until the military rolled up and quarantined the mall. People started to get infected and it spread causing a riot killing many people and trapping others. Certain zones were made for sleeping eating etc. eventually the military personnel got infected and infected others. Then the infection wiped the human race off the earth. Except the people in the mall....  

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Okay :-/

    That was a long wait for a piece of garbage book. The author could've done so much more with certain characeters. Overall this book is not worth how much I paid for it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Ok

    Nice and dramatic book but 2 unpredictable and everything changes

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 13, 2013

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