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No safety in numbers, by Dayna Lorentz

Label
No safety in numbers
Title
No safety in numbers
Statement of responsibility
by Dayna Lorentz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall when a biological bomb igoes off in an air duct, learn that in an emergency people change, and not always for the better, as many become sick and supplies run low
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Tone
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YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2013.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 Ever since George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, shopping malls have entered pop culture as an ideal location to stage societal microcosms. This time, a bomb has released a biotoxin through the air ducts of the Shops at Stonecliff. Several thousand are sealed off, and interaction with the outside is limited to secretive men in hazmat suits. It’s bad enough sleeping on dirty floors—and then people start dying. Lorentz focuses on four teens: Marco, a busboy at Grill ’n’ Shake whose inside knowledge forges an uneasy alliance with violent jocks; Ryan, a freshman jock with love, not hate, on his mind; Shay, a girl desperate to care for her ailing grandmother; and Lexi, whose senator mother has assumed a leadership role. As bad news mounts, riots begin, well staged by Lorentz, even as other events hold less than the expected impact. Still, it’s grim fun to watch the Pancake Palace become the morgue, the Apple Store become the base of the elite, and so on. No real ending here, so brace for the sequel. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 06-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 19)
  • Lorentz’s YA debut cogently explores the impact of an emergency situation on multiple characters in a finite space. An ordinary day at the mall turns deadly after the discovery of a biological bomb in the air ducts prompts an immediate lockdown, trapping thousands of shoppers inside. With information scarce and security on alert, everyone approaches the situation differently. Restaurant worker Marco tries to do his job, senator’s daughter Lexi attempts to figure out the truth, quirky Shay takes care of her ailing grandmother, and athletic Ryan joins others in an effort to escape. As their paths cross and stories overlap, these four teens find friends and romance, even as society breaks down around them and a fatal disease claims numerous victims. This tense trilogy opener takes its time establishing the memorably diverse and sympathetic characters, while foreshadowing and vivid staging (stores in the mall take on special significance under the circumstances) build a sense of claustrophobia and desperation. Very little is resolved before the inevitable cliffhanger, but readers will eagerly await the next installment. Ages 12–up. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed April 2, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 14, p)
  • Gr 7 Up — This addition to the dystopian-literature craze takes place over the course of seven days in a megamall in New York, and is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of four teens with varying backgrounds. Marco is a Hispanic boy who works in a restaurant and is bullied by the local jocks. Lexi is an African American teen who has a dysfunctional relationship with her busy and absent senator mom, aka "Mom-strosity." Ryan is a jock who is trying to live up to the expectations of his superstar older brother. And Shay is new to town and at the mall with her sister and immigrant grandmother from India who is suffering from diabetes. While all four are at the mall, a bioterrorism bomb explodes. The large space is locked down, trapping everyone inside. It's not long before people start getting sick, security guards commence hunting down anyone with a cough, and everyone begins fighting for survival. As this book focuses on the relationships and personal dramas of the four narrators, the suspense and tension of an emergency situation is never really felt. Ryan and Marco are both attracted to Shay and dealing with their own tribulations, while Lexi makes some friends and connects with her mom. The characters, though a little clichéd, are likable. This book will find an audience with teens drawn to disaster novels.—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO --Jake Pettit (Reviewed June 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 58, issue 6, p127)
  • A nightmare scenario plays out in a shopping mall, and a group of very different teens must strategize to survive in this engrossing, if uneven thriller. Reserved and sarcastic Marco is the first to suspect a problem when he arrives at the mall for work and finds a strange device near a ventilation shaft. Soon, Lexi, the computer-whiz daughter of a preoccupied senator, self-described drama nerd Shay and insecure jock Ryan find themselves trapped along with thousands of others when authorities lock the shopping center down. The third-person narration shifts focus among these four teens as the days go by. A sense of unease begins to grow, and its progressive build allows time for nuanced exploration of the main characters, including the set-up of a love triangle among three of them and the violent antics of Ryan's self-entitled teammates. However, the docility of the masses extends too long to be entirely believable; even after a hazmat-suit–clad figure carries out Shay's collapsed Nani, they fail to panic. "Amazing, the herd's ability to forget the disturbance of their peace," thinks Marco, even as he understands that there is a lot the powers-that-be are not telling: "Grandma was in some serious shit--exactly what kind of shit was the mystery in need of solving." A whopping and disturbing cliffhanger serves as the conclusion. Readers will anxiously await the sequel. (Thriller. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10117710
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lorentz, Dayna
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL710L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
LC call number
PZ7.L8814
LC item number
No 2012
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Reading level
5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
No safety in numbers trilogy
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Survival
  • Quarantine
  • Biological warfare
  • Shopping malls
Target audience
adolescent
Label
No safety in numbers, by Dayna Lorentz
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
855623
Dimensions
cm
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780803738737
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011051630
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780803738737
  • (OCoLC)759173580
Label
No safety in numbers, by Dayna Lorentz
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
855623
Dimensions
cm
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780803738737
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011051630
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780803738737
  • (OCoLC)759173580

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