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

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Life As We Knew It meets Lord of the Flies 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 ...

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Overview

Life As We Knew It meets Lord of the Flies 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.

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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: 46,506
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dayna Lorentz (www.daynalorentz.com) lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

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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.

    8 out of 8 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 5 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!

    2 out of 2 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 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!

    2 out of 2 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

    1 out of 2 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 March 19, 2014

    Loved it.

    One of the best I have read in awhile!

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

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    4.5 stars The synopsis behind this novel had me waiting for

    4.5 stars
    The synopsis behind this novel had me waiting for a copy of this book from my local library and little did I realize that this is a series. Okay, maybe I knew a while ago but I had forgotten about this until the last page. As I closed the book, I had to think how can we make this catastrophe a series? I liked this book but to carry out this drama and misfortune into two more books, really? I don’t want to hammer this subject to death but I guess we shall see. No Safety in Numbers is told in alternating viewpoints by four individuals who are trapped inside a megamall where chaos is the game. It was a typical Saturday and people are arriving at the mall to do their shopping, they’re hanging out with friends and people are going to work. Marco was running from a group of guys in the parking garage when he came upon a black box on the ventilation shafts and then it starts to beep. Marco knew immediately that something was up. Marco has the advantage that others individuals don’t have, as he works at the mall so he knows the back hallways and he has a service key. Doesn’t seem like much but in a situation like this, any advantage is huge. Lexi is there with her family, enjoying family time. Her mother is the Senator and lucky her, she is now put in charge of this major crisis. Lexi is one smart girl and even though she doesn’t like to lie, she’s getting pretty good at now. Ryan made varsity squad and is trying to be someone …. I said trying. This new mask that he is wearing, conflicts with his previous self and when you add that to the stress and conflicts that are occurring in his life right now, Ryan doesn’t know who he really is. Shay, she’s at the mall with her younger sister and grandmother. I really cared about her and as the story progressed, my feeling for her grew. When they first announced that there is an issue at the mall, they offer gift cards to the patrons and tell them that they cannot leave. It is amazing to think that people would continue to go about the mall as if nothing is wrong and they shop using the gift cards. As the crisis continues, the store clerks man their posts and people continue shopping using their dollars and credit cards. As I read this, I am thinking, what? Most people would be making phone calls, demanding an exit, demanding restitution, or calling the news. Eventually bedlam breaks out and everyone panics as announcements are made throughout the week about the emergency inside the mall. So much happens within the mall its like people have turned into another species. They begin to riot, gangs form, there’s looting from the stores, and people are angry. Panic starts to set in and for some of the detainees they are plotting their means of escape. It’s a bomb, its biotoxins, a plague, terrorists, a disease: so many different ideas but no one has a way to stop it.
    As you read this book, you think about what you would do in this situation. You just can’t help but think about what you do if you were one of the characters or one of the many other individuals who are stuck inside this megamall with no means of escape. Trying to get word out about the situation would be one of my top priorities as I wouldn’t want anyone to forget about us. The author used quite a variety of stores in her 150 store collection in this mall and her choice of characters have taken advantages of many of the popular ones. There is definitely tension, excitement and action inside this novel and for me, it was a fast read. I couldn’t put it down as it was one of my hair-dryer books. Will I pick up the second book in the series? Sure, as I don’t know what to expect next, I just hope the author doesn’t drag this drama out too far and ruin my excitement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Ehh

    This book is ok it took me a while to read it because it didnt get heartbeating and this book wasnt telling me to keep on reading it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    I just read this in a few hours. The plot is genuinely gripping!

    I just read this in a few hours. The plot is genuinely gripping! I found it hard to put down - but only because of the plot.




    Once every few pages I actually had to put the book down and cringe. The characters are such "Relatable Teens," it was painful to read. Their voices are so fake that I tried to tune them out to focus on what was happening in the plot instead. The depictions of bullying are something out of a seventies PSA (hey punk!!! im going to beat you up!!!). I feel as though the author based their dialogue off a Teen Slang Booklet from a guidance counselor's office. The characterization is less focused on creating believable humans, and more focused on making 'Teens! Just Like You And Me!' I'm sixteen, in the target audience, and even I can tell the characters are just awful.




    Not to even mention the believability of the whole situation. Why are the mall employees still working after days of biological terror? There are literal dead bodies in the freezer, and they continue to serve customers. Also, all the escape routes are geared toward obviously locked doors; you could have just smashed a window (or a wall) with all the riots going on. 




    This would have worked better as a single book, not a series. Why didn't any of the main characters die, either? It comes off as though you know no one important is going to die, even when they're on the verge of death, they spring back for some reason. Meanwhile, thousands of irrelevant bodies are piled onto an ice rink. They all seem way too lucky.




    Ignoring that, though, the premise was interesting enough to save the book a little bit. But with better characters, writing, and logic, this story really could have been incredible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    ?

    Is this book good? It sounds stupid to be trapped in a mall ad amke a series out of it. I mean just break a window! For food take sime from the food places.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    I eat spaagetti

    This is sparta

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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