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No Safety In Numbers

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Transcript of No Safety In Numbers

No Safety In Numbers
Book By: Dayna Lorentz
Project By: Christopher Hughes
No Safety In Numbers by Dayna Lorentz is a science fiction novel in which the publication date was in 2012. This particular book is different from most other books in the way it is told. The author took a creative turn and instead of dividing the book by chapters, she divided it by days. Also, within each day, there is not only one point of view but instead four. The characters who tell the story are named Marco, Shay, Ryan, and Lexi. Each point of view consists of a situation of length of about one chapter each. As for the writing style found within the pages, the author demonstrates a very down-to-earth, relatable teenage vernacular. The setting of this thriller story is none other than a suburban mall. The people inside are trapped for over a week due to an unknown cause. The truth is being kept from them yet, through overheard conversation, few do know they are being quarantined. No Safety In Numbers is book one of a three-part series and the target audience is aimed at teenagers aged 12-18 interested in science fiction. To get a better understanding of what this book is about, a connection can be made to the 1995 film Outbreak. That movie was about a small town that had been cut off from outside society due to the possible spread of a deadly virus. If I had to rate this book, I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. This rating is deserved because even though the author does not include elevated vocabulary, the way the four points of view intertwine and the unexpected turns in the plot make up for it. I felt that the book was definitely a good read. It was easy to follow, exciting, I could not put it down, and it was incredible how the author was able to have so many events and little details come together by the end. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
No Safety In Numbers is book one of a three-part series of books about four teens and their life-threatening situation. The story is about four teens who live very separate lives yet all eventually find themselves in the same situation: They are trapped within a mall due to a biological bomb with unknown effects. At first, they are all ok with the idea of having food, clothes, shelter, toys, bathrooms, and many activities to do, but it does not take very long for those supplies to turn from plentiful into almost nothing. The people in the mall lose it and demand answers. They want out of the mall and no one is more determined to do it than the four teens: Ryan, Shay, Marco, and Lexi. They will seemingly do anything they can to save their loved ones even when a deadly lie lurks in the quietness of the mall.
"Had he known? He had to have known. How many people were harboring secrets from her? No more. She would canvass every goddamned inch of this mall before the end of the day. She would find that missing gun and nail those kids who blasted her cops with fire extinguishers and get things in some semblance of order before night fell. This was her sinking ship now. And Dorothy Ross ran a tight ship." (P.262).
This is the final paragraph of No Safety In Numbers. It may not make sense to someone reading this paragraph alone. However, this paragraph explains how much has happened within the book and how a normal day in the mall turned into a week of hell. People had become desperate, supplies were practically gone, and many secrets had been kept. To me, it really shows how badly one wrong move could turn into the ‘snowball effect.’ It really proves that in a time of crisis, you cannot trust anyone or their promises. It also shows how bad things are getting in the mall to the point where almost every person inside is beginning to turn on one another.
Dayna Lorentz is a new up-and-coming author who has written two series of books including Dogs of the Drowned City and her more recent series No Safety In Numbers. Lorentz loves dogs and cannot live without them. She likes to draw, sing, and used to study law even though her main passion is writing. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. She lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.
*Marco is chased by Drew and Mike
*Marco discovers something in the air duct of the mall
*Lexi and the Senator are having dinner
*Senator gets urgent call
*mall is locked down until further notice
*Ryan meets Shay
*Lexi meets Ginger
*Shay's grandmother begins acting strange
*Shay finds they are being quarantined
*People are remaining calm
*Ryan meets up with Mike and Drew
*Supplies begin to roll in
*No one knows why they are being held there except for Shay
*People in haz-mat suits begin to appear around the mall
*Then things take a bad turn
*Shay- Likes Ryan
*Marco- Found bomb; likes Shay
*Lexi- Senator's daughter; introvert
*Ryan- protected by Mike and Drew; likes Shay
*Mike- huge jock; arrogant; protects Ryan
*Ginger- literally a ginger; nice; popular; befriends Lexi
*Drew- Mike's 'sidekick'
*Maddie- Ginger's 'sidekick,' stuck-up; mean
*Senator "Dotty" Ross- in charge of the mall; called for 'lockdown' in the first place
Author Information
http://www.daynalorentz.com/about/
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Book Trailer
Summary
Favorite Paragraph
Explanation
Character List
Themes
There are always things you do not know.
Don't trust anyone.
Live each day as if it were your last.
Your biggest enemy may not always be on the outside.
This project is a resubmission. Original project did not have a cool theme.
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