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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

No Safety in Numbers and No Easy Way out by Dayna Lorentz: Mini Book Reviews

No Safety in Numbers
Dayna Lorentz
Penguin Books
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3873-7
Suggested Ages: 13+
Buy from Indigo

Description:  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.

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 sex 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

No Easy Way out
Dayna Lorentz
Penguin Books
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3874-4
Suggested Ages 13+
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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 protecting him.

But someone is working against the new systems, targeting the teens, and putting the entire mall in even more danger. Lexi, Marco, Ryan, and Shay believe their new alliances are sound.

They are wrong. Who can be trusted? And who will be left to trust?

The virus was just the beginning.

The Good Stuff
  •  Lots of twists and turns
  • Liked Jazmine, would have liked her to be more of a character, but than again she is an adult, and well adults aren't really the point of the story
  • Darkly funny
  • Great cover
  • Eventhough book frustrated me, I will still probably read the third book in the series
  • Good for reluctant readers
The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Story felt a lot like filler in between a 1st and 2nd book
  • Didn't like the change in Marco - I get it, but I don't have to like it. I'm a mom, I just don't want to believe teens could act like that
  • Didn't like or believe that Preeti would abandon her sister the way she did
  • The chicken part ewwww
  • The book felt like filler.  I have noticed this in quite a few of the trilogies in the YA market.  Trilogies sell I guess, but I find in most cases, the 2nd book in a trilogy is mostly filler.  Than again who am I to judge, as you can tell, I am not a writer
  • Character development was all over the place and quite frankly I wanted to slap each and every character upside the head for being so bloody selfish and stupid
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Lexi nearly dropped her laptop from the burst of laughter that shook her.  Just wear whatever they hand you? Like that won't cause a riot?"

"The way I see it, you can look at this as a giant suckfest of death or you can decide to make the best things and live. Why not stay positive?"

"But the thought of a fish, even a small fish - was tantalizing. He'd seen A Fish Called Wanda.  He knew you could eat the little suckers."

3 Dewey's

Both of these books were loaned to me by the lovely Leslie who I work with at Chapters - yup we are all book addicts - it be a job requirement

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