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No Easy Way Out (No Safety in Numbers #2)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,725 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
It's Day 7 in the quarantined mall. The riot is over and the senator trapped inside is determined to end the chaos. Even with new rules, assigned jobs, and heightened security, she still needs to get the teen population under control. So she enlists Marco's help--allowing him to keep his stolen universal card key in exchange for spying on the very football players who are ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Dial Books
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Apr 27, 2013 Haley rated it it was ok
This book was excruciatingly long. I probably picked a bad week to read it, it being the first week of school and work, but even if I did have more free time it would have taken me a while to finish. It took me a week. The first book was pretty good (No Safety in Numbers, I gave it 4 stars) and about half the length and had way more interesting things happen in it. Not much really happened in this book that was even notable. It was so dragged.
There was some romance between Ryan and Shy, and Lexi
I haven't read the first book, but I enjoyed this as a stand alone (kind of).

It was really interesting up to a point. Then, it seemed like it was put on repeat and the same thing kept happening over and over.

My biggest complaint are the characters. There was no character development. They were the same from beginning to end and they barely had a back story.

I couldn't empathize with any of the characters. Mike and Drew seemed like the same person and I gave up trying to remember who did what.

Dec 10, 2015 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Interminably boring. I felt like I was stuck in the mall's monotony for as long as the characters (all flat, all characterless, all mere stereotypes of someone who doesn't know any teenagers and doesn't remember what it was like being one would write), and with as little mental stimulation. Ugh.
Nov 05, 2015 Ariel rated it it was ok
From bad to WORSE. This book was torture, excluding the two well written and exciting parts. This review may contain some spoilers, though I won't go into detail.
The chapter division is completely different from the first book. Instead of each chapter focusing on a different character, it focused on the time of day. At first, I didn't mind this. But about halfway through the book, things got really confusing and it was irritating to have these column breaks and then jump to a different characte
Grace Deloe
Oct 21, 2013 Grace Deloe rated it really liked it
-No Easy Way Out by: Dayna Lorentz

-Main Characters: Lexi, Ryan, Marco, and Shay

-Seven days have past since a busy suburban mall was quarantined after a biological bomb was found in the air duct. Everyone is in a raging panic after having no information, no showers, and little food. On top of that, the unknown virus is spreading quickly killing more people everyday. Four teenagers, Lexi, Ryan, Marco, and Shay have their own stories that occur while trapped in the mall. We see the characters evol
Jason Edwards
Jan 28, 2015 Jason Edwards rated it did not like it
No Easy Way Out is the sequel to No Safety in Numbers, and god help us, there’s a third book in the series. The first one was terrible. Somehow, this second one was worse. I can only imagine how awful the third one will be. No, scratch that—I don’t think I can imagine that at all. I have post-traumatic stress from reading this. I've been through the five stages of grief. I literally had bad dreams while reading this book.

And to think that, in addition to an author, this book had an editor, and a
Moze (SmartFolksRead)
Jul 11, 2013 Moze (SmartFolksRead) rated it really liked it
I read the first book in this series having no idea what it was about (I admit, I was expecting zombies) and was amazingly surprised by how good the book was. So the other day I was checking the mail and I was like, “Aww man, there is a book shaped package, wonder what is inside?” So as we all know I immediately disregarded all the “important” mail and opened up my package to find a paperback of the second book form the Librarything Early Reviewer program. I immediately dove right in to discover ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Christina rated it it was ok
I actually didn't finish this book and won't finish the series. I think I stopped 2 or 3 chapters or so before the end of the book. I just lost all interest it.

I don't remember what grade they were all supposed to be in, but from the way they act they seem more like they are in middle school rather than high school. Because what person in high school doesn't know that you can't create a virus in a mall(unless this magical mall happens to have a high tech laboratory hidden somewhere). Even if it
The intensity and need for survival is pumped even more in this heart-racing sequel to 'No Safety In Numbers.' The stakes are higher. Just as it may seem that life in the mall is under control and that there are less people getting sick than before, the gangs of teenagers that had been keeping a low profile in other abandoned stores instead of checking into a Home Store decide to fight back against the dictatorship that the security has taken over to run after knocking the Senator down a peg. Th ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Amber rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Technically I want to give this 2.5 stars. There was a ton of character development in this book but most of it was more aggravating then productive. I like the changes made in that chapters are divided up by time periods instead of different characters viewpoints. It certainly helped the book flow better and marking each day was a nice help as well.

But still the author could have dropped at least 200 pages off this book. It's way too long and the extra length adds absolutely nothing to the ser
Andrew Foster
The writing is just as bad as the first one, the format of the book is awful... The first one was separated by viewpoints, this one switches to days and times, switch point of view within the sections but then switches back to overall characters... Still easy to read and follow, the reason it is an issue is that it is insane to think that things would become so chaotic in 2 weeks. Also the way that the different characters are written is very bland. One character who is Hispanic never speaks a w ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Ryan_Stumbo rated it really liked it
Shelves: biochemical
It was an ok book, but it wasn't as good as the first one. This book was so slow to me that it bored me at least 50% of the time. I did like the fact that I didn't just read the 4 main kids agian. They were in the book, but I got to read from other characters point of view.
Jan 15, 2014 Mykia rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014, disappointment
I wasn't excited going in to this book because the first one wasn't that good.
I was only excited when the book was ending because people started shooting and/or dying.
Lol, I was on a high with good books.
Bad crash. bad crash.

This book was just a mess for the most part. It just seemed like a waste of time to write and definitely a waste of time to read. The first one wasn’t that good and could have been executed better but it wasn’t as bad as this one. Below I’m going to pan out my thoughts as I
Chance Hansen
Jan 05, 2017 Chance Hansen rated it it was amazing
Welcome to be beginning of the end. First off this book is huge. It's twice the size of the first one The first book being the first week trapped in the mall and this one is the next week. Watch securit start to go nuts with control attack/threaten pretty much anyone under thirty or forty.While I was able to follow along well with the characters in book one I did get a little confused going through book two. Get this, killer virus killing characters and I start getting confused. I think most of ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
Lord of the Taylor

(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program. Also, trigger warning for rape and animal abuse.)

After a biological bomb is found strapped to the HVAC system at the Shops of Stonecliff, the mall’s quickly quarantined, with thousands of hapless shoppers and employees (not to mention a few police officers and research scientists) trapped inside. In the aftermath, a new society forms. Led by Senator Ross – on the authority of th
Luke Stemple
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Jan 04, 2017 Kathy rated it liked it
I loved book 1 No safety in numbers but for some odd reason I couldn't get into book 2. it just seemed like it rambled on and on. I was rather disappointed. It seemed like book 2 was more play then action.
The storie is set in a mall where a deadly disease breaks out and soldiers quarantine the Mall.
over 2,000 people are stuck in the mall trying to make the best of a bad situration.
Jan 11, 2017 Thistle rated it it was ok
I should have written about No Safety In Numbers after I read it, because I disliked No Easy Way Out so much that it colored my memory of Safety.

Everything I liked about Safety was absent in No Easy. The teenagers, who had been likeable in the first book, were generally awful people in this one. The adults were either absent or there only to push teenagers' plot points along. The adult characters were also generally very unbelievable.

Heck, the teenagers were unbelievable, too. No Easy took place
Pattie Nauheimer Ekman
Oct 31, 2016 Pattie Nauheimer Ekman rated it really liked it
This one was a bit darker than the first. They have been in the mall on lockdown for many days and people are not acting civilized. The ending was a cliffhanger. I went and immediately put on hold the last book in the series.
Jan 17, 2017 alle rated it really liked it
well.... i got the action i wanted
Anthony Alfaro
Jan 16, 2015 Anthony Alfaro rated it really liked it

In the book No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz, the storyline becomes more complex than the first book " No Safety In Numbers " due to the growth of betrayal. Throughout the novel we can see that Lorentz gives the audience a message that things are not always as they may seem as well as survival of the fittest. We can interpret this message from the change that some characters go through and the sacrifices they make in order to see another day. I think a good quote that describes the theme of the
Jan 09, 2017 Dalton rated it it was amazing
I liked it a lot. It was awesome.
Sep 11, 2014 michelle27001 rated it it was amazing
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Jovon Tucker
May 15, 2013 Jovon Tucker rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
No Easy Way Out is the second book in the No Safety in Numbers series and I have not read its predecessor and yet I do not feel like I have missed so much information that I was lost throughout the story. I understood everything because of the way Lorentz explained past situations through character memories and thoughts. Lorentz also has this newspaper article concerning the mall lock down that also brings you up to speed! So don't worry if you haven't read No Safety in Numbers yet; you won't be ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Trisha rated it liked it
Shelves: traded-giveaway
This is the second in Lorentz's series revolving around a few thousand people locked in a mall after a deadly virus was released. No Easy Way Out begins exactly where No Safety in Numbers ends; it's now Day 7 of the quarantine, and our handful of characters are (not so much) adjusting to what is, in essence, a new society with jobs, curfews, "home" stores, and strict oversight by the Senator.

As with the first installment, the story is being told by four teenagers trapped in the mall, each rather
Jul 26, 2014 Angelina rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted on Fables Library
Yea, I was right when I thought the next book was better and truth is it was. No Easy Way Out held so much more promise for me and I’m kind of glad I read it and I’m kind of disappointed I did all at the same time.

Lexi, Ryan, Marco, Shay and thousands of other people are still stuck in the mall thanks to the bomb that gave off a deadly virus. Now the Senator, Lexis mother, must keep everyone happy and orderly until the quarantine is officially over. The quest
Apr 02, 2014 Laur rated it really liked it
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Cooper Dias
Apr 09, 2014 Cooper Dias rated it it was amazing
In the novel, No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz, picks up on the series No Safety in Numbers. She begins the book from where she left it off in the previous one, with a state of chaos and fear over the deadly flu floating in the air. The Senator, or head honcho of this mall makes a good attempt at slowing down the escalating numbers of lives this virus has claimed by designating people to their “home stores” and requiring everyone to wear a mask and bathe themselves in the new showers built daily ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Sandy rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Seven days and they are still quarantined inside the mall. The Senator is still in charge or so she thinks she is, while the gangs are running wild throughout the mall setting up their quarters wherever they find a great spot. The mystery virus has people on edge and communication with the outside world is limited. They are still trying to come up with a vaccination to stop the spread of the disease. Marco is literally holding one of the keys to the mall as he was holding one of the few
Buster Whaley
Sep 06, 2015 Buster Whaley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was by far better than the first one, however not enough to give it five stars. One of the more noticeable improvements was that the perspective didn't switch from chapter to chapter. Each chapter was now separated by what time of day it was. The old system was one of the things I disliked the most about the first book, and was glad to see it changed.
Another thing I liked about this book was that it was actually somewhat suspenseful. I actually felt nervous and anxious for th
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