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

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When a strange device is discovered in the air ducts of a busy suburban mall, the entire complex is suddenly locked down. No one can leave. No one knows what is going on.

At first, there's the novelty of being stuck in a mega mall with free food and a gift certificate. But with each passing day, it becomes harder to ignore the dwindling supplies, inadequate information, and
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Dial Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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Aug 05, 2012 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya

first things first. look how cool this book is when you take the dust jacket off:

and i appreciate that attention to detail, but when all is said and done, this is just another book that has a great premise, but suffers under any real common sense scrutiny applied to its plot.

this is a puppy-dumb YA book that reminds me that these books aren't written for me. i think younger readers will appreciate a book about people being quarantined in a mall after an attack by unknown enemies where a bomb sta
Amber Joyce
Jun 21, 2012 Amber Joyce rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-for-boys
This is drivel. I am so disappointed; the premise of a bioterrorist attack on a suburban mall resulting in a lock down of all the patrons really sounded good. The writing is awful. The teen characters are vapid, and annoyingly forced ethnically diverse--- really--- an Indian girl with no friends, a white bully football player boy, a black girl whose mother is the governor, a Mexican illegal who works at the burger joint. The adults are idiots. My 9th grader and I both gave up about half way thro ...more
Alice Lee
Jun 22, 2013 Alice Lee rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
This book is absolute trash; it is so comically bad I often had to pause at a particular line because I couldn't believe the words strung together by this person actually got published and printed.

Okay, I'm going to admit two things: one, it's a YA novel, and I'm an adult. In other words, this book is written for someone with much less discriminating taste; two, I had to read this for work, otherwise I would never have picked it up, what with a tagline of "they should have stayed home." Ugh.

Taylor Knight
Nov 17, 2016 Taylor Knight rated it liked it
I liked the idea of this book but overall, it just didn't do it for me. I can't really put my finger on what I didn't like but I just couldn't get into the story or become invested in the characters. I'm not a big fan of multiple perspective in books, especially more than two different characters. This book had four characters with their own chapters and I wasn't into that. I never was able to focus on one character and become invested in them. There is diversity in the four main characters, Ind ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Thousands of people trapped in a mall after a biotoxin is released? Sounded like a tense action/thriller/suspense story.

That's why I'm so disappointed that this novel, with such a great concept, felt like such a snooze.

I felt like the chapters were starting to repeat themselves: Marco doesn't like the jocks; Ryan likes Shay; Shay is worried about her grandma; Lexi is a shy computer whiz. Lorentz reiterates these points again and again, but the plot stagnates. So much page space is devoted to est
Jul 31, 2013 Noodles rated it did not like it
I'm seeing a lot of people excusing the weakness of the book as it being aimed at young adults, and even though I can't speak for all of us, I can pretty much guarantee that this book sucks. Such an interesting premise and in a format I enjoy, multiple points of view that cross over, but the characters are just so incredibly shitty.

The digital artist Lexi, being the character I most closely relate to interest-wise, made me roll my eyes more than any character should provoke. Her whole internet g
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 01, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting much from this book, but it turned out to be pretty entertaining. Sure, it was melodramatic at many parts, but I liked the characters for the most part, the book was gripping and exciting and I liked the author's writing style. The story reminded me a lot of that 2005 film Blackout, the LMN one about the mom and her kids stuck in the shopping mall with a killer while all the power goes out.
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Aug 03, 2012 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Thankfully no one, or we wouldn't be friends anymore
Things that were great about this book: The premise. I was actually really excited to read this. A book about teens stuck in a mall during a deadly outbreak? Sign me right up. I was really hoping for an exciting read that I could pass onto my students.

Things that were not great about this book: Basically everything.

The characters are "typed" yet essentially the same. They each have their little niche role: the loner, the jock, the geek, the rebel. And simultaneously, they have a lot of the same
Sara Grochowski
Jan 27, 2012 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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 wou ...more
I wish I had something positive to say about this book, but the best thing I can muster is to note the diversity of the cast of characters, and the premise was an interesting idea.

Aside from that, I unfortunately don't have anything good to say about the book. It was not an enjoyable reading experience for me at all. If I weren't reading this along with a friend for a book discussion, I would have given up, but as I did read the whole book I felt a review was justified.

The writing was not very s
Jun 12, 2012 Erikka rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but there were several things wrong with it:

-the characters were too stereotypical. I work with teens every day--they don't fit that neatly into little cliquey groups. And whereas I admire her attempt at showing diversity, this was a little farfetched. I got this sense of "Captain Planet in a mall full of sick people".

-the biohazard is foggy at best. It seems like the emphasis was more on "how does the government keep information from us" and less on "there's a disea
Apr 21, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of "Lord of the Flies" or "The Stand."
This is a review of an ARC won through a First Reads giveaway.

3.5/5 stars

It is an indisputable fact that unsupervised teenagers in a store/mall are huge pains in the butt. They rarely buy things, and when they do it's usually something that costs $5 or less. They are loud and they always make you feel like they are laughing at you because you're old and uncool. They run amok and leave things out of order and they molest and break the neck of the giant stuffed giraffe corporate sent your store fo
Oct 21, 2013 Anthony rated it really liked it
So it's Hallow's eve time again, folks! So how about something scary? No, not ghosts n goblins scary. More like trapped in a mall with a deadly virus around scary. Wait, that's what this books about? Well, what perfect timing!

Basically, its a Saturday afternoon at a mall when, during an awesome chase scene, Macro, one of our main characters, finds a red blinking object of sorts. A bomb, he suspects. He pulls out his cell, and calls 911. Well because of him, lives are about to change.

Because of t
Jun 11, 2012 Bookphilia rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this, and honestly, sometimes I did.

I love how the author talks about reading with such passion. I love that she mentions Tagore and some other great reads. I really love how Indian (but not) Shay is and how pressured Ryan feels; how much he contradicts his own wants for his brother's reputation.

But the stereotypes, my god, they were awful. I mean, sure there's little diversity in this small, white city (I can relate), but is everyone so predictable too?

Lexi has a big bu
May 31, 2012 Barbara rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. The premise was great, people trapped inside a mall, quarantined after a biological bomb goes off. Unfortunately, after that exciting idea, not much happened.

The story is told through four viewpoints. I like the way the author goes for diversity. The main characters are:

Marco - a Hispanic boy nicknamed "Taco" by his enemies (imagine being the guy who found the bomb that leaves you trapped inside an enclosed mall with other guys who hate your guts).

Shay - Shaila
Dec 07, 2012 Courtney rated it did not like it
This book is filthy. My daughter heard it was good, so I thought I'd read it real quick (it's super short) to see if it would be good for an almost 13 year old. If you want your child to start speaking like a sailor, let them read this book.

I am shocked that in my quick skim of comments that this is not a bigger deal to other parents. I am not just talking about the constant use of the f bomb, which is my cue that a writer lacks creativity, but the sexual-demeaning of girls was cringe-worthy at
May 29, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
I was excited for this book but, in the end, it was a letdown. It wasn't the most awful book ever but the characters weren't all that likeable the repetition in the author's writing was really annoying after a while. Lorentz kept repeating herself when describing the thoughts of the characters (we get it, Shay is worried about her grandmother, Ryan is in love with Shay, Marco is treated badly by kids at school, blah blah blah). The action is pretty repetitive until about the last 10 pages where ...more
Nick Saluzzi
Jan 04, 2016 Nick Saluzzi rated it it was amazing
This action packed novel is a great read for those interested in fast paced books. It has lots of twists and turns, and unsuspected cliff hangers. These parts of the book lead to a very interesting. One moment you think the book is going one way and then it suddenly derails going into a different direction.

I can't really say much more without giving the book away. However, the format in which the chapters are is very interesting. For example, the book is sectioned off in "days" of being stuck in
Jan 22, 2012 Jamie marked it as did-not-finish
I couldn't get past the first hundred pages. The storyline was promising, but unfortunately the characters and plot lacked the oomph I was looking for. There were a lot of random bits of information thrown around and way too many technical terms for ridiculously simple things that greatly interrupted the flow (and evoked several eye rolls). I happened to glance at the last page to find that this was apparently book one of a series. I can't say that I'll be looking for book two.
Mar 16, 2014 Reagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-favorites
Great first book, super excited to continue on with this series!
Jan 09, 2013 Aaron rated it it was amazing
This is a quick paced story that really captures the what if of a disaster. Marco, a Latrino teen from a family that is struggling economically, is one of four teens who take center stage in this novel that highlights what might happen if a biological weapon were used on a mall. While coming into work one day, he ends up being accosted by a group of typical football jocks, including Ryan (one of the other stars). As he is trying to get away, he ends up in a closet that houses some of the HVAC sy ...more
Dec 28, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
now, I really don't understand why this book has such a low rateing. I personally enjoyed it. The author did a great job keeping the readers interest and the writing style was good.
No safety in numbers is about four specific teens and their family's who are Quarantined in a mall. A deadly disease breaks out causing riots and many panicked people.

Review by UnTold thoughts book blog
Brooke Walker
Aug 11, 2013 Brooke Walker rated it really liked it
I decided to read the novel “No Safety In numbers” by Dayna Lorentz, because I was at Whitcoulls the other day and they were selling it for $1. This novel is the first in a trilogy, and was really good (I read it all in one night!) It’s a slight thriller told by 4 different viewpoints, where a bomb is discovered in a mall and everyone inside is quarantined. because the bomb has let out some sort of killer flu. The novel explores the changes they are forced to make in order to adapt and tells a s ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Allie rated it liked it
I fell in love with the premise of the book. Thousands of people trapped inside a mall because of a biohazardous bomb? I imagined fights, epidemics, gangs, and characters I'd cry out, "NO!" to whenever something horrible befell them. And I got most of those things.

The plot was pretty good. I liked how it switched "perspectives" and kept track of several people rather than just one. I enjoyed the plot twists, and the illness totally had me freaked out. Put together, I did enjoy it. But I had a fe
May 27, 2015 Filip rated it it was amazing
Lexi is with her mom and dad at the mall. Her mom is a US senator while her dad is a car dealer. They are at their local mall when it all happened. A bus boy called Marco found a biological bomb in the vent system. The mall is locked down and quarantined with police and government officials setting up barricades and treatment facilities. At first it sounds good. They get free food and gift certificates. But it isn’t long before supplies start dwindling and widespread panic surges through the pla ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Kyle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Trapped-in-a-mall book fans
Recommended to Kyle by: An ex-friend that raved about it
Ok, just a quick mini-review.

Because this deserves to be mentioned: DIVERSITY. Yes, only ONE of the four main characters is Caucasian! Everybody else is a different ethnicity! One of them is Indian-American, one is some kind of Central American (I forget which country) and one is African-American! I give Lorentz serious props for this, since ever seeing an MC that is non-white is a big deal in young adult fiction since about 98% of them are.

The end of this book is really good and has a nice ope
Dec 23, 2012 Thea rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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Apr 15, 2013 Christie rated it liked it
For a full review, check out my YA lit blog:

No Safety in Numbers can be commended in many ways for its modern, young adult twist on a familiar story. A situation in which people are forced to remain in one space as those around them become either infected and contagious, or brutal, selfish, and violent? It’s definitely reminiscent of most zombie films in the last decade—28 Days Later, Contagion, Zombieland, the list goes on—with a dash of the power structu
In simplest terms, I enjoyed this book. The author did a great job at getting the reader to get to know the characters in the book, even though there was about 4 main characters. It almost seemed like a combination of "The Hunger Games" and "DIvergent" however the mall was to to the book as the arena was to the hunger games. There was Lexi, Ryan, Marco, and Shay - and the book is written in the way where parts of these characters pasts come up to help them - or hurt them as they were in the mall ...more
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