I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: No Safety in Numbers #1
on May 29th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Horror, Science Fiction, Survival, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
Life As We Knew It meets Lord of the Flies in a mall that looks just like yours
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 styles, 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 setting in this novel was definitely realistic. The terror in finding yourself quarantined in a mall with no where to go and no one to trust. So many people dying and the will to survive is high. But how do you survive the plague? I can understand why the government would keep information from the people because chaos would ensue, but to consider that the rest of the world could also be contaminated is a higher priority than the needs of the citizens in the mall. The fear in the characters tone was clearly evident, and I’m a sucker for virus-like plots considering my favourite movies like Outbreak and Contagion include realistic stories.
This is told from four different characters and personalities. Sometimes I dislike reading stories that are told in different viewpoints because I can never remember who is who. The characters started to sound alike and I had to remind myself who is who causing me to go back and forth between chapters to remember.
I wished there was more emphasis on the virus and not on what the characters were doing. It felt like the middle of the book was a bore, and the ending and excitement was stuffed in at the end to create a page-turning climax. I didn’t even know there was another book because I thought it would be a stand alone book. I’m glad it isn’t, because the ending was epic.