Saturday, March 23, 2013

No Safety in Numbers

by Dayna Lorentz

It was supposed to be just a typical day at the mall. Thousands of people just going about their own business buying shoes, toys, seeing a movie, having lunch. But when a biological bomb is discovered in the air conditioning system, the mall suddenly becomes a prison for those inside as the authorities try to contain whatever might have been released.  This is the story of 5 teens who suddenly find themselves quarantined, trapped with a virus whose potential no one knows. It's the story of the very best and very worst that people act when everything is on the line. It's a story of death, but also perhaps, of survival.

There aren't too many teen books written exploring the possibility of biological weapons, but this book does so in a way that is both appropriate and interesting. The book alternates between the perspective of 5 teens, none of whom really know each other. They struggle to not only understand what is happening, but also to survive and thrive in this environment where it is everyone for themselves. The book does a good job of portraying the desperation that can happen in a situation like this, and the ways that the extremes of human nature come out when people are faced with life and death decisions.  It's a good book, probably best for older teens because it's serious nature.

Genre: Survivalist Fiction
Age Level: 10th Grade

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