No Safety in Numbers (No Safety in Numbers Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

"Think of the heart-racing chase of The Hunger Games, but a giant mall is your arena."—Seventeen.com

"[An] engrossing . . . thriller."—Kirkus Reviews

"This tense trilogy opener . . . build[s] a sense of claustrophobia and desperation."—Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

Seventeen.com
"Think of the heart-racing chase of The Hunger Games but a giant mall is your arena and everyone is potentially a tribute."
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This addition to the dystopian-literature craze takes place over the course of seven days in a megamall in New York, and is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of four teens with varying backgrounds. Marco is a Hispanic boy who works in a restaurant and is bullied by the local jocks. Lexi is an African American teen who has a dysfunctional relationship with her busy and absent senator mom, aka "Mom-strosity." Ryan is a jock who is trying to live up to the expectations of his superstar older brother. And Shay is new to town and at the mall with her sister and immigrant grandmother from India who is suffering from diabetes. While all four are at the mall, a bioterrorism bomb explodes. The large space is locked down, trapping everyone inside. It's not long before people start getting sick, security guards commence hunting down anyone with a cough, and everyone begins fighting for survival. As this book focuses on the relationships and personal dramas of the four narrators, the suspense and tension of an emergency situation is never really felt. Ryan and Marco are both attracted to Shay and dealing with their own tribulations, while Lexi makes some friends and connects with her mom. The characters, though a little clichéd, are likable. This book will find an audience with teens drawn to disaster novels.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142425978
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/4/2013
  • Series: No Safety in Numbers Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 38,649
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    A decent read

    While an incredibly intriging plot idea, being trapped in a mall due to a bioterrorism threat, some of the characters were lacking in believability. The authors attempt at youthful lingo is very off base making so many of the characters conversations cringe worthy. This criticism aside the book is well paced and sets up for the sequal absolutely beautifully.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Anonymous

    This was a good book it showed how people can get out of control and make bad choices when there are hard times. It is about four teens who are traped in a mall for seven days becuse of a bomb. Overall, I thought it was a good book. I recomend it

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    GREAT BOOK!

    Full twists and turns that got me hooked. If you're looking for a book to read this summer, look no more. This book is amazing! Highly recommended to those who loved Maze Runner and Hunger Games & anyone who loves apocalyptic books! Trust me, you won't be dissapointed!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    Very exciting. Being stuck in the mall might seem like a lark,

    Very exciting. Being stuck in the mall might seem like a lark, until the food starts to run out... and people start acting like animals. I may not know 'teen' lingo but the characters are very plausable and you will find yourself caring a great deal about what happens to them. My only complaint is that I have to wait till the next book comes out. Write faster Dayna!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    I didnt get the book on my nook but in paper back gr8 book

    Bought book in paper back form dunno gr8 book exciting but can be gross i am not anomiss it is tht i forgot to log in

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Awesome

    This is such a great book! You really feel what shay,marco,sheila,ryan,Lexi, and once the senator have to say. But I may never go in a mall again, but I'm just nine years old. But great and scary book!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    Very enjoyable, thrilling and suspenseful. This book show just h

    Very enjoyable, thrilling and suspenseful. This book show just how quickly things can escalate, I would defiantly recommend this book to others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Wonderful story

    Very fun and suspensfull this book is worth every penny !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Lol rpers

    Lol are u RPing lol sad it says "write a review of the book" not RP! Anyway, I think this was a great book and was a little boring but other than that GREAT BOOK

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Loved it

    Loved this book!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    a AMAZING

    Must have!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    I read this book in less than five hours. It moved pretty steadi

    I read this book in less than five hours. It moved pretty steadily from one part/scene to another without any form of confusing or situations that junked up the situation or the flow. I give it a three star only because that the idea was alright and some of the characters were interesting. But I felt like I was reading one of those books from when I was younger that your parents made you read because the school library wouldn't allow any other books in the school library. It really seemed like it was for kids except for the few random swear words thrown in here an there that just didn't seem to fit with the style. And a few sexual references to male genitals an such that again made you have to sit there and go 'Huh'. But the entire concept of how the quarantine was handled and various other situations shows a great lack of investigation or research on how things would be handled. Haven been trained in actual counter terrorist and biological and quarantine procedures in the military always makes it hard for me to enjoy books like these because of the obvious lack of knowledge on the part of the author. I read it through just so I didn't have an un read book. If I had known it'd be so....kiddyish I wouldn't have bought it. Though I guess I should've realized it by the book style. But, in all. It was alright. I will not buy to the other books though. Ain't any reason too in my opinion.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Flu in the mall

    It was ok. Felt it was a bit shallow. The idea is good. And if we can get a more adult perspective it might get better. There will be a second book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Ghost

    Pulls out tac 45 and shoots kevin in the head. From the hills to the valleys shoulda joined the seal team kev cause this is screwed in so many ways. Walks out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Rose

    She walks in glancing around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Go to sex club res 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Master

    Kevinif u see kayla do me a huge favor even though u hate me and send her to my book pls i need to talk to her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Kaira walks in handcuffed

    Kaira walks in handcuffed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Seth

    Walks in looking for a prosti.tue

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