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

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

by Dayna Lorentz


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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 stories, must cope in unique, surprising styles, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803738737
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Series: No Safety in Numbers Series , #1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dayna Lorentz lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

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

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

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

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No Safety in Numbers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 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
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!
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
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.
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 !
MBels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good read - if a little slow-paced. The cliffhanger ending was more than a little clumsy and wholly unappreciated by me. If you simply must write a series the least you can do as an author is wrap up few bits of Part One to help it stand alone. This book just stops. Suddenly and without warning and it left a bad taste as a result.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I arrived at work today to find a package of No Safety in Numbers waiting for me in my mail slot. I had never heard of it, but, inside the package, I found a face mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer, which, luckily, piqued my interest. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the cover art on the galley I was sent. Personally, I think a black background with a red title would look cleaner. The crinkled yellow background that it features now makes it look almost childish, not serious, which I feel would be more fitting of the plot. BUT if you find the cover off putting like I did, whatever you do, don't dismiss this debut! I love the concept of this novel, though it isn't necessary something you've never seen before. It's a movie plot that's been done more than a few times and is being pitched as Contagion meets Lord of the Flies, though, in all honesty, it leans a bit more towards Contagion then the latter. Still, Dayna Lorentz focuses on a group of teens trapped in this dangerous situation, which keeps what could be tired idea fresh. I don't know a lot about biological warfare, or warfare in general, but I know enough to be terrified of the possibilities it could create. The setting of No Safety in Numbers makes the idea more present and realistic. The reactions of those quarantined, with little explanation and virtually no information, were, simultaneously, understandable and unbelievable. Being an outside observer, while still being able to put oneself in the position of the character, the reader is at an interesting crossroads. I realized that I would probably try some of the same things if I were trapped inside, but I also know, as the reader, it would all be pointless and lend itself to chaos.I appreciated that each of the characters had relatable and realistic feelings about the situation. At one point, one yearned for a leader, even one lacking stability, one wanted to help others, one didn't want to feel alone, and another felt separate from everyone else... The next moment feelings would seem to switch between the characters as more unforeseen events developed, lending the characters greater personality.No Safety in Numbers is the first in a planned trilogy, but the ending of book one wrapped up nicely while still leaving me craving the continuation. Towards the end of this book, I was feeling more of a Lord of the Flies vibe, which definitely caused some excitement and leads me to believe the next installment promises good things. I'd definitely add this one to your 2012 to-read list... you'll never think of a weekend trip to the mall the same way again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk why I am saying this, but in some parts, this bolk is kind of funny in a way I can't describe
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