No Safety In Numbers

Paperback | April 4, 2013

byDayna 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 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

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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 l...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 4, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142425974

ISBN - 13:9780142425978

Customer Reviews of No Safety In Numbers

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really good read I bought this book last year and I have read it over and over again. I enjoyed reading all of the diferent P.O.V and I can't wait to get the second book.
Date published: 2016-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No safety in numbers This book is extravagent. Its full of action and adventure, romance and friendship, family and new friends. The author shows how an ordinary day can be turned into a crazy scary adventure. The book is worth the read and is great if you love adventures. I suggest you have all the books in the series before you start to read, its hard not knowing what happens. Enjoy the read!!!
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Book whore This book works to build up to the sequel, thus it does not create the major interest you may accept. The story only really became interesting in the final chapters, but not interesting enough to get me to read the sequel
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting premise - good for relutctant readers The Good Stuff Enjoyed the relationship between Lexi and Maddie. Fast paced and exciting with plenty of twists and turns Sort of reminded me of The Stand but set in a mall The premise and the cover hooked in all the staff at the store I work at Perfect for reluctant readers The Not So Good Stuff Wanted more back ground information about the characters, they almost felt archetypical rather than fully fleshed out characters Angst. angst, angst - than again I am a 43 year old mom and not the intended audience Most of the adults are either uncaring, absent or evil - yes, again, I am not the intended audience - I am pretty sure my 12 yr old thinks I am all of those things A lot of the practical every day things frustrated me. Why were employees still working, were they getting paid extra, etc. A lot of things just didn't make sense. Favorite Quotes/Passages "That's what they're for," she said. She stopped at the entry and looked at him. "Books are meant to be shared" "More kids appeared. There was nothing like a s** game to lure in the masses." "You'd do the same for me," Lexi said, rubbing sanitizer over her hands and face. Her skin stung from the endless applications. "I wouldn't," Maddie said. "Isn't that horrible?" 4 Dewey's
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but not exactly Lord of the Flies When I first saw this book in stores, I was like, wow this sounds so good! Then when I went online and saw it takes some of the concepts of Lord of the Flies into it, I set high expectations for it. Lord of the Flies was a book that forced a group of young boys, stranded on an island after a plane crash, to survive. It was then where tensions rose, alliances were made, and some of the boys were killed by the others. It revealed human nature, what we do when we're put into a life or death situation, and how morals, laws, and values mean little to nothing. No Safety in Numbers DOES reflect on some of the human nature shown in Lord of the Flies. After all, there are thousands of people quarantined inside a mall because of an unknown sickness traveling around, as exposed by a bomb. I give a big thumbs up for the human nature Lorentz reflects off of. The book was suspenseful, and tensions between the characters rose higher after each passing day. But because this story is told in the perspective of four characters, I was expecting all four of them to connect with each other by the end of the book. It seems that three of them have found and connected with each other, but there's the lonely fourth, and I can't seem to figure out when she will connect with the other characters. Then there's the perspectives. There are four narrators, but their perspectives are not balanced. That annoyed me a little bit. I honestly expected this to be a one-book thing. In fact, I could SEE how this plot only needed one book. But when I got to the end, it announced "end of book one". The book really did turn into Lord of the Flies by the end of it, but I'm not too sure how Lorentz can pull of a sequel (and possibly another few books after that, if this is book one of a series) without saying goodbye to the original concept. I feel like this may be like the show LOST: originally, it was about a group of people, trapped on an unknown island after a plane crash with no way out, destined to survive and find a way out. Then LOST spins way out from the original concept as the seasons went by. LOST and No Safety in Numbers were really good, but I'm afraid the later books will forget the original purpose of book one. Lorentz does have a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and Literature, so I will assume she knows what she's doing...we will see how this plays out in book two, No Easy Way Out, to be released in July 2013.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life Can Change in a Moment Aside from the fact that this title was highly recommended to me, I definitely would have been pulled in by the book comparison “ Life As We Knew It, meets Lord of the Flies in a Mall”. The story opens and we meet Marco, who is on the run from two determined bullyish jocks from his school. Attempting to hide in a the HVAC closet he stumbles upon something even scarier than the bullies who pursue him. The bomb has released something in the air and soon the mall is over run in chaos as the people inside the mall become quarantined and unable to leave. We follow 4 teens (the narrators) as they attempt to make sense of their surrounding, their situation and each other. I enjoyed reading the perspectives of each of the 4 teens especially as they realized their worries from earlier in the day ie. what shoes to buy, parent issues, and the latest computer game became unimportant in the face of trying to survive. Themes of sacrifice, helping others or yourself, and the importance of family are laced through out. No Safety in Numbers reads like a stand alone novel. It wasn’t until the last two chapters that I began to accept that the book would not come to conclusion in the next 100 pages. Twists and turns and the voices of the narrators propel the book forward to the inevitable cliff hanger ending. Enjoyable read. (love the cover too) I can also see this becoming a popular recommendation for reluctant teen readers. For more reviews check out: www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistically creepy Since I do everything I can to avoid spending large amounts of time in the Mall I can't imagine anything worse than being stuck in a confined place with a bunch of sick panic stricken strangers. I look forward to reading the next installment to discover what happens to everyone.
Date published: 2012-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So realistic I got chills The setting in this novel was definitely realistic. The terror in finding yourself quarantined in a mall with no where to go and no one to trust. So many people dying and the will to survive is high. But how do you survive the plague? I can understand why the government would keep information from the people because chaos would ensue, but to consider that the rest of the world could also be contaminated is a higher priority than the needs of the citizens in the mall. The fear in the characters tone was clearly evident, and I'm a sucker for virus-like plots considering my favourite movies like Outbreak and Contagion include realistic stories. This is told from four different characters and personalities. Sometimes I dislike reading stories that are told in different viewpoints because I can never remember who is who. The characters started to sound alike and I had to remind myself who is who causing me to go back and forth between chapters to remember. I wished there was more emphasis on the virus and not on what the characters were doing. It felt like the middle of the book was a bore, and the ending and excitement was stuffed in at the end to create a page-turning climax. I didn't even know there was another book because I thought it would be a stand alone book. I'm glad it isn't, because the ending was epic.
Date published: 2012-06-04

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Editorial Reviews

"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