No Safety in Numbers


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 Phoenix’s Perspective

I have to be honest — this book was chosen completely based on the cover. How could I pass up a book with a cover that looks like it might be the next 28 Days movie poster?

Considering the seriousness of the situation (a bioterrorist attack at a mall), you would think it would have been more fast-paced and intense. Although it didn’t make my heart race, it was still a good read. The situation presented (bioterrorism in a public place) is unfortunately a realistic potential nowadays.  I thought it was really interesting to see everything happen through the eyes of four very different teenagers.

Each teenager brought their own baggage to the mall that Saturday, making staying cool under pressure even more difficult. Once the mall is closed down due to a “security situation,” people start slowly losing it. Adults seem to fade into the background while children take over and go wild.  It was very reminiscent of Lord of the Flies — every person for themselves and alliances when convenient.

I was surprised to find out that this was not a stand alone book — apparently, it is #1 in a series that has a third book coming out on 6/17. I do wonder if I should be concerned that the newest book is only published right now as a Nook book. We’ll see —- even though it was not a game changer, No Safety in Numbers was interesting enough to make me want to read the next book.

Would I add it to the library?

The story was interesting to follow and I would like to see where the next installment (No Easy Way Out) takes the main characters.


Genre: Fiction – thriller, survival
ISBN: 9780142425978
Rating: good

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