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Gr 7 Up-One week has passed since a deadly virus was released through the air vents of the Stonecliff Mall. In this sequel to No Safety in Numbers (Dial, 2012), a fragile system is taking shape as Senator Dorothy Ross, one of the detainees, strictly rations food, assigns work schedules, and tries to keep a handle on the restless teenage population. As in the first book, the plot unfolds in alternating third-person perspectives. The senator's daughter, Lexi, is skeptical of her mother's ability to control the quarantined people to keep the virus at bay. While breaking the mandatory curfew, she has a chance encounter with Marco, who is newly allied with Ryan and his football-team buddies because of his stolen universal key card. Both boys adore Shay, who feels responsible for her grandmother's death and is trying her best to protect her younger sister. Survival is only part of what's at stake for these teens; all of them are attempting to redeem or reinvent themselves in some way. It isn't the terrible circumstances changing them; the quarantine is the catalyst to act on their desire to become the person they want to be, for better or worse. Lorentz wastes little time on establishing events from the previous book and plunges forward into the second week of detention. Crises and the mundane are handled with similar earnestness, although the action becomes monotonous once the author sets the narrative's rhythm: daytime scheming leads to nighttime partying. Although the characters lack true depth, readers who were captivated by No Safety in Numbers will continue to enjoy the seemingly doomed mall residents and will eagerly anticipate the series conclusion.-Joy Piedmont, LREI, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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No Safety in Numbers (2012) presented a fine hook: a few thousand people are quarantined inside a mall where a deadly toxin has been released. Over a thousand are now dead, and there’s no telling what’s happening in the outside world. Lorentz instead focuses on four teen characters caught within interlocking love triangles as they resist the new world order with illegal parties, violent revolts, and living off the grid. Marco, whose universal key card makes him the guy everyone wants to know, remains a fascinatingly dynamic protagonist. Overlong but rarely dull, the story line is increasingly reminiscent—in a good way—of Michael Grant’s Gone series. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: No Safety In Numbers (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738744
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 224perweek on September 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Plague, trapped in a mall, riots.......what more could you ask for in a exciting story?? This is book 2 in the series and well worth the read. Can you imagine not being able to contact anyone you care about outside the mall? Being herded around like cattle to the slaughter? Scary stuff to say the least.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jessica Waller on October 17, 2013
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This book was amazing I liked it very much it was interesting and stupendous I have never read another book like it I love it.
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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 lost!

No Easy Way Out is for readers twelve and up so it does read a little simpler than what I'm used to but I still enjoyed it! There are several point of views within the book which some might not like but I don't mind it at all...in fact I love a couple different point of views within a good story!

All the kid's hormones, attitudes, and emotions are running rampant in the mall after the CDC and government put a lock down on the mall and its four-thousand plus "residents". During this time of fear, Lexi's mom, the Senator, seems to be running things within the mall. I get the impression that she means well...almost trying to run a Utopian society. Truly wanting to look out for the well being of everyone within the mall. No one really stepped up to take control with everything hit the fan, so she did and has been calling the shot since day one. She's very cut-throat! Or so she thinks, anyway. Except for some people running off the grid within, everything and everyone is monitored. Right down to when and what they eat, wear, and jobs you do. Anyone caught with symptoms of the virus or caught trying to live on their own is either imprisoned within a makeshift jail, or quarantined in the hospital they have set up.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Garbato on July 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
(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 the US president, no less - the official government forces attempt to provide for the needs of the mall's residents: food, water, clothing, hygiene, and safety - both from one another, as well as the lethal flu strain ripping a path of destruction through the captive population. Naturally, not everyone accepts the power of this autocracy: rebellion, coups, conspiracy theories, and general mayhem ensues.

Book one in the series (NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS) introduced us to four protagonists - Lexi, Shay, Ryan, and Marco - through whose eyes we saw the story unfold. Each section of the book equaled one day in the mall; each chapter alternated between a different character's perspective. As with NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS, NO EASY WAY OUT also covers a week's worth of the quarantine: in this case, days 7 through 14. However, Lorentz breaks with the structure she introduced in the first book: sections are divided by day, chapters by time period, with shifting character perspectives throughout. Initially I wasn't I thrilled with this change, but it quickly won me over: it helps move the story along at a quicker pace.

That said, NO EASY WAY OUT is rather hefty at 470 pages (for the ARC; the "real" copy will run 480 pages); NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS is a slim 263 pages in comparison.
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This is the sequel to No Safety In Numbers, a book that follows a variety of teens through a quarantine in a sprawling suburban shopping mall. I like this series okay, but it is impossible not to feel claustrophobic as the same essential story stretches into hundreds of more pages. This book is more of the same: kids creeping around the back halls of the mall, forming alliances (part crush, part clique and part covert operations), and lose track of each other for hours on end until we forget who is doing what, and why.

The immediacy of the first book is gone: we know they can't sneak out and thoughts of "calling home" are far behind. The quarantine imposed a mall hierarchy, headed by a local legislator (mother of one of the teens), but it's slowly falling apart as more lives are lost and the tide of chaos rises. While the story does escalate -- food runs low, a mall security coup threatens, and combat looms in the Sports Bar -- it is essentially more of the same. Same food court, same atrium, same people in the same mall. If you loved the first one, you'll like that this is more of the same. If you didn't, you'll find that this is a LOT more of the same.
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