No Safety in Numbers (No Safety in Numbers, #1)
Dayna Lorentz

When a strange device is discovered in the air ducts of a busy suburban mall, the entire complex is suddenly locked down. No one can leave. No one knows what is going on.

At first, there’s the novelty of being stuck in a mega mall with free food and a gift certificate. But with each passing day, it becomes harder to ignore the dwindling supplies, inadequate information, and mounting panic.

Then people start getting sick.

Told from the point of view of two guys and two girls, this is a harrowing look at what can happen under the most desperate of circumstances, when regular people are faced with impossible choices. Some rise to the occasion. Some don’t.

And for some – it’s too late.

No Safety in Numbers (No Safety in Numbers, #1) book cover

“Ryan could not have felt like a bigger idiot. He’d maybe read one poem. Ever. And he thought maybe it was some kids’ book thing about farts.”

This was a clever idea, although it took a while to really get going. I suppose it’s a series, and so the rapid dehumanisation you tend to see in this sort of novel was, if not absent, slow to build here. It’s a clever idea, switching viewpoint, especially as they’re all so different. I think Ryan was my favourite just for amusement factor, but there’s no telling what will happen when the chips are down in future stories. One to keep an eye on.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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