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No Safety in Numbers

Lorentz, Dayna (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall when a biological bomb igoes off in an air duct, learn that in an emergency people change, and not always for the better, as many become sick and supplies run low.
Authors: Lorentz, Dayna
Title: No safety in numbers
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, c2012.
Characteristics: 263 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall when a biological bomb igoes off in an air duct, learn that in an emergency people change, and not always for the better, as many become sick and supplies run low.
Local Note: 6 15 33 53 57 62 73 74 80 81 109 112 118 148 149 151 153 167 172 175 216 226 242 243 244 245 250 263 268
ISBN: 9780803738737
0803738730
Statement of Responsibility: Dayna Lorentz
Subject Headings: Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction. Survival Juvenile fiction. Quarantine Juvenile fiction. Biological warfare Juvenile fiction. Shopping malls Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Interpersonal relations
Survival
Quarantine
Biological warfare
Shopping malls
LCCN: 2011051630
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May 03, 2014
  • A_Mafia_Sheep rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book. Can't wait to read the next one.

Jan 02, 2014
  • lesd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book i've ever read

Marco is in the parking lot of the mall being chased by football jocks, and by a stroke of luck, the HVAC room is open. That's where he discovers a bomb in the air vent and calls 911. Lexi is at the mall with her mom (the senator) and her dad for "family time" when her mom gets a phone call and the mall is shut down, with everyone inside. Ryan is here just to get away like any other teen. He gets stuck at Toxic buying makeup for his zombie costume when the announcement comes on. Shay is hiding in a shirt rack at Toxic when Ryan accidentally pulls her out. Throughout their time in the quarantined mall, their paths will collide, their secrets will be revealed, government secrets will be kept,and for some people, death awaits them with the flu outbreak. Soon, they start to realize that no one is leaving, and no one will for a long time.

I really had trouble being empathetic with any of the characters in this book. All of them try to escape the mall at some point, even though they all have enough information to reasonably guess that leaving may spread whatever deadly sickness is rampaging through the mall. Their inability to accept that their goal may risk the lives of countless others made me really dislike them.

At first, the teens thought that being trapped in a mall with lots of free restaurant food was rather fun.

Later, the fun and novelty wore off.

And later still, the quarantine became a scene of desperation and panic.

Four teens – two girls and two boys – are among the thousands of people suddenly quarantined in a huge, busy three-level shopping mall when a biological bomb is discovered in an air duct. Most have no idea why security and the police are preventing everyone from leaving or entering. A total communications blackout is in effect.

No Safety in Numbers is the account of the week-long mall lockdown, told from the alternating points of view of four teens, Marco, Lexi, Shay and Ryan.

As the story begins, each teen is preoccupied with personal issues. Very soon, these issues are forced well into the background as the confusion in the mall grows. People are looking for information and asking questions – but there are no answers. Many are trying, unsuccessfully, to make phone calls. Some try to escape, but none succeed.

As the days pass, the confusion turns to fear and violence as food grows scarce, people fall sick with a mysterious illness and some even die. Riots occur, and when hazmat crews show up, there is mass panic. The four teens try to help others, but in the end, they must simply try to survive.

Dayna Lorentz’s gripping novel envisions what can happen when “regular people are faced with impossible choices”, when fear and the instinct for survival seem to trump logical and compassionate behavior in many people. In others, including the four teens, the crisis brings out the best. Readers will ask themselves “Could this situation happen in my community, and if it did, how would I react?”

There is little resolution at the end of this novel (which is somewhat similar to The Lord of the Flies and Contagion) but it will be followed by a soon-to-be-published sequel, No Easy Way Out.

Jul 14, 2013
  • liza1027 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved every part of this book!

This book is about four teenagers quarantined in a mall with thousands of others that fall sick from a severe mutation of the flu. Overall, it's a great book. Loved it. Can't wait for the second one to come out.

Sep 04, 2012
  • ARamos123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book really good. I like the different point of veiws in the book. I'm giving it four stars tough because I found the action confusing when I tried to imagine it in my mind but that's just me. I thought the second book came out already , until I found out that the author made this book this year. I can't wait for the second book to come out and I def. will like to see this book turn into a movie in the future.

this book is really good! it makes for an interesting read! its about a boy and his dog after the apocalypse!...JUST KIDDIN! ha i havent even read this book! but im going to...and u prob should too!

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