Title: No Easy Way Out
Author: Dayna Lorentz
Publisher: Dial Books
Pub Date: 06/11/13
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I thought the most important element of this book was the character development. Throughout the book, alliances are constantly shifting, breaking and forming. As the pressure to survive increases, character's personas change dramatically.
Memorable or Forgettable: I like the idea of having a quarantined mall. The idea is very original, and the author makes use of all things at her disposal. For example, the IMAX theater in the mall turns into a fortress. Service hallways are used as escape routes multiple times. Some privileged officials have an all access key card that can get them almost anywhere in the mall. The ice-skating rink is used as a storage facility for corpses.
Cover: The cover tempted me to pick the book up because it looked a lot like the first one, telling me that it was a sequel. Of COURSE I wanted to pick it up!
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: During the second week at the quarantined mall, residents are trying to build a shaky way of life. Unfortunately, this brittle peace cannot last.
tags: fiction / post-apocalyptic / No Safety in Numbers series / ya lit