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"Think of the heart-racing chase of The Hunger Games but a giant mall is your arena and everyone is potentially a tribute." — Seventeen.com

"Engrossing...A whopping and disturbing cliffhanger serves as the conclusion. Readers will anxiously await the sequel." — Kirkus Reviews

"Foreshadowing and vivid staging build a sense of claustrophobia and desperation...readers will eagerly await the next installment." — Publishers Weekly

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: No Safety in Numbers
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; First Edition edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738737
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Action packed and fast paced.
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The other thing that really bothered me about the characters was their lack of motivation.
Sara Guilliam
Once I picked up this book for the first time I literally could not put this book down.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sara Guilliam on September 13, 2013
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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 qualities: not having friends, distrust of the government, etc. For a book that hosts a multicultural cast of characters, there are stereotypes a plenty. And other than Marco being called "Taco," people making fun of Lexi's assets, and random references to Shay's clothes/love of Tagore, there's not really any other reference to the fact that these people are different culturally. It reads, to me, like the author was trying too hard. There could have been really interesting explorations of the characters biases towards each other in this life-or-death situation that just never happened. Also, it bothered me that only the girls ever seemed concerned about their families and friends on the outside. There were a few other gender-biased moments in the book that were uncomfortable that I can no longer remember, but that one stands out.

The other thing that really bothered me about the characters was their lack of motivation. As a high school teacher, I understand that sometimes teenagers do things that are illogical and stupid. However, they almost always have a reason for doing those stupid and illogical things. The characters in this book made random decisions, without thinking them through, yes, but also without any apparent motivation for doing them.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"No Safety in Numbers" tells the story (scary in this day and age) of thousands of people caught in a shopping mall during a quarantine. A biological weapon goes off in an air duct and suddenly a Senator and her family are trapped in the mall with many others.

The story is told from the points-of-view of four teenagers that are in the mall - two girls and two boys. Character development of these teens is handled well. The reader really gets to know how each is feeling during the disaster and the teen "voices" seem realistic.

There ARE some gaping holes in the plot. The actual quarantine procedures do not seem too realistic at all. The book worked as a teenage angst story much better than a disaster story. And talk about a cliffhanger. Not even any warning - the story just ended; chopped off. I understand this is the first book in a trilogy but I definitely think the ending could have been handled better.

So, I mostly enjoyed the story even though handled clumsily in spots. I don't know that I enjoyed it enough to continue with the trilogy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OpheliasOwn VINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
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3.5 Stars

As a person who hates malls with every ounce of her being, I can honestly say the idea of being trapped in a mall with tons of other people and no way out might be my idea of the seventh layer of hell! Now add a possible biochemical weapon, and I am terrified by Dayna Lorentz's No Safety in Numbers!

As Marco was running for his life in the mall parking garage from the beefy jerk from school, he had no idea his hiding spot was also the hiding spot of something a lot more sinister. A bomb. Lexi's mom, The Senator, thought a family outing was going to make up for all the time she has to work, but she couldn't have predicted how wrong she would be as the mall had to be quarantined. Now tons of people are locked down in the mall with no idea what is happening.

At first it seems like a slight inconvenience for most, and maybe even a fun sleepover for others, but the novelty of being held captive in a mall wears off quickly. The bathrooms quickly become filthy, food starts to run out, and riots break out when people realize just how trapped they really are. When people start getting sick and the government agencies require everyone to submit to a blood test, people begin to realize there is something even scarier than being trapped in a mall- being trapped in a mall with a deadly virus rampaging through its halls.

This was an interesting story and one a lot of kids would not be able to stop thinking about. The mall is a place of fun, a haven for kids to shop and goof around and just be kids. So when it becomes a nightmare, it makes everyone reevaluate their previous beliefs. The story also does a good job of showing the progression of such a situation. People aren't panicked at first. They are bored and making the best of the situation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia ONeal on August 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz held my attention from beginning to end. A mall with 150 stores plus a bomb tends to spike interest. All types of people Saturday shop in their local mall. Most of the crowd in this mall have no clue of the reason police are isolating them. The rule is no one leaves and no one enters. This book looks at the reactions of people as they are trapped inside the mall.

Anger, discomfort, hunger, and greed seem predominant. How would you handle an angry teen who was no longer comfortable being trapped at the mall? With the no one in and no one out rule, food becomes a limited commodity. Mall restaurants begin to run low on supplies without normal daily deliveries. It does not take long before shoppers have spent all of their money. Some of them steal from the merchants.
Special medical needs create harrowing situations. Boredom rears its ugly head. What happens if one tries to escape or contact family and friends outside of the mall?

Dayna Lorentz tackles these issues and more in No Safety in Numbers. The story moves well and the characters are well-rounded. Dialogue and private thoughts give much character insight. Some of the events are true to a modern teen-age world, but use situational ethics. Even language becomes slightly rough at times. Sadly these events and slightly rough language are true to the times in which we live.

Ending of the book is a real surprise. Hopefully another segment is forth-coming in the near future.

Beware! This book could become an actual segment of our lives.
How would you handle life isolated in the mall?
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