Title: No Easy Way Out
Author: Dayna Lorentz
Publisher: Dial Publishing
Pub Date: 07/16/13
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: The pacing of this book is kind of off compared to most. The author would leave you with a cliff-hanger and to switch to another character, which I'm used to, or end a section of the book with a cliff-hanger and pick right back up from where she left off. She also cut off when it seemed it wasn't even a good end because there was no closure to the section of the book. But overall these are the only really noticeable faults of the book.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book had a really strong way of making it feel that the mall's small type of government was slowly falling into anarchy. First the people would go crazy and riot, then they would be all organized and working together, all the while Ryan and Marco were hiding away like fugitives and got to see "normal" life in the mall through Lexi and Shay's eyes. Then as you progress through the book, things start getting crazier, like piles of bodies, security killing teens and food raids by the teen gangs.
Cover: The cover attracted me to the book; it made it really look like a disease/quarantine-type of book, because of the huge sign and bright colors, as if to say "Danger."
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Three teens are plagued with decisions they would never be faced with in the outside world, in this quarantined mall. Marco, Lexi, Shay, and Ryan fight to survive in a world where they could be infected with a deadly flu or killed by a corrupted security team and a large number of teen gangs.
tags: science fiction / dystopia / realistic fiction / thriller / adventure / survival / romance / ya lit