Series: No Safety in Numbers #2
Published by Dial Books on July 16th 2013
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It's Day 7 in the quarantined mall. The riot is over and the senator trapped inside is determined to end the chaos. Even with new rules, assigned jobs, and heightened security, she still needs to get the teen population under control. So she enlists Marco's help--allowing him to keep his stolen universal card key in exchange for spying on the very football players who are protecting him.
But someone is working against the new systems, targeting the teens, and putting the entire mall in even more danger. Lexi, Marco, Ryan, and Shay believe their new alliances are sound.
They are wrong. Who can be trusted? And who will be left to trust?
The virus was just the beginning.
Fans of Life As We Knew It and those who love apocalyptic plots will love this modern Lord of the Flies. The sequel to No Safety in Numbers is a pounding, relentless rush that will break your heart and keep you guessing until the end.
No Easy Way Out is the sequel to No Safety in Numbers, where a virus breaks out in a mall and they become quarantined. After 6 days of being stuck in the mall, things seem to have gotten out of control. This book starts off on day 7 and follows four different teens: Lexi the daughter of the Senator in charge of the mall, Marco a boy who has an access key card and uses it to his advantage, Shay a girl whose grandmother died and is sought after by two boys – Marco and then Ryan, who is a football player who has a thing for Shay and seems to be a decent guy.
The test for all of them really pans out through this book. I felt like most of the book focused on their humanity and really showed each teen's own true personalities. Marco especially becomes more of a leader, but maybe not in the way you want him to. He is constantly uses his power and trying to play all sides of who is in charge of the mall. Ryan is a part of the gang that Marco strives to gain control over, hiding in the back halls of the mall and even throwing parties. Shay and Lexi both are part of the regular mall citizens, although Shay is constantly worried about getting sick and wants to hide out with Ryan, but she has a little sister she needs to take care of.
Lexi is trying to figure out what is really going on at the mall. Marco helps her discover where they are stashing the bodies of the dead and she finds herself uneasy about the head of security that her mother works with. On her mind is also Marco, who she finds attractive and on her level. When Marco disappoints her, she still searches him out and finds a party she does not want to be a part of, for so many reasons.
Altogether, this book really was quite depressing as you see the environment at the mall turn into more of a Lord of the Flies type situation. The problems escalate through the book until the end, which made me wonder what would be next. I'll just have to read the next book to find out, won't I?
Final Verdict: A great sequel that will have you questioning what you would do in a situation like this. If you enjoyed the first book, you will find yourself engaged in this one until the very end.