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

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

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by Dayna Lorentz
     
 

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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

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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 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

Editorial Reviews

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"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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101585597
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Series:
No Safety in Numbers Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
63,376
File size:
692 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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"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

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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No Safety in Numbers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Bestest-Grandma More than 1 year ago
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!
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
Absolutely terrible! I began “No Safety in Numbers” with the highest of hopes.  I mean, bioterrorism and a crowded mall?  What could go wrong with that, right?  By about chapter five my entire reason for finishing the book was so I could write a review of it. That’s right.  I loathed a book so bad that I became obsessed with getting to the end just to be able to share my thoughts on how horrible it is.  Now my moment has come.  Unfortunately, the English language has not yet evolved enough to have words strong enough to describe the complete pile of dung this collection of words creates. There was one character, the senator’s daughter, who seemed like she was going to be well-developed with an interesting storyline in the first chapter.  Alas, that worked out like a child learning about Santa Claus on the first day of preschool, only to go home and find out being Jewish means no Santa.  Only worse.  Coal in a stocking is a better present than the lack of character development. The entire plot revolved around being stuck in a mall during a mysterious lockdown, and somehow the author managed to make the book boring without at all conveying any sense of how bored everyone would be, desperate, panicked, or anything else.  The teenagers seemed to want to escape while also having fun like they were Kevin McCalister and their parents went on vacation without them.  Sliding down a bowling lane naked.  Really? And then there are the complete stereotypes.  We have the jock, the artist, the nerd, the mysterious Indian, the misunderstood kid who is bullied, and more.  There is nothing to create anything deeper than the tropes that come to mind when you think of these tried and true stereotypes.  In fact, the author seemed to just assume everyone already knew those tropes so it wasn’t even really necessary to establish even the most basic aspects of their personalities. Then we have the writing.  It is written on the level meant for a solid d-level third grader, and yet it discusses some very adult behavior in not-too-subtle ways.  I have not the faintest idea of what age group this is aimed for, but I hope that should anyone ever find out they do not actually put it into that child’s hands.  No child should be exposed to the horribly offensive bad writing, even if they can handle the gratuitous sexual references. In short: If I die and go to the underworld, Satan will be waiting for me with the next two books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
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.
Buttercup_theCat More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable, thrilling and suspenseful. This book show just how quickly things can escalate, I would defiantly recommend this book to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun and suspensfull this book is worth every penny !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good when you buy it and read it it has lots of action at the end
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the heck...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just what it says
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kaira walks in handcuffed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in looking for a prosti.tue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw my best friend reading the second book in this series while in pre-algebra a few months ago. He was so engrossed in the book that he got caught reading it! My friend usually doesn't like reading, so i knew it must be a good series. I went to the library the next day and checked this book out, thinking I was going to read just your average quarentine survival book. Holy crud was I wrong! This book kept me turning the pages, and I was so eager for more. The charcters were so interesting and the plot kept making you think that you knew what was going to happen next, but then threw you a curveball to really throw you off. This was a really great book that I highly reccomend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. It had danger, love, drama and it was over all and amazing book. I donr know if this jas a movie but if it does im gonna go see it. Now i like how the four teens are conected in some way- Ryan and Marco like Shay, Shay needs Marco because he helps her, Ryan needs Marco because Marco is helping him find a way out, Marco needs Ryan because he will protect him, Shay and Shay's sister. Little does Ryan know that both him and Marco like Shay- All four are conected in some way. Everyone but the Senator's dauter Lexi. I cant wait to read the next book because it sounds really good. This is Bluemonster15 see you on the web and keep reading!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very detailed and showed you each and every persons point of view and emotions on what was going on. I canot wait till i am able to read the next one!