Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Book Review - No Safety In Numbers

No Safety In NumbersNo Safety In Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. The premise was great, people trapped inside a mall, quarantined after a biological bomb goes off. Unfortunately, after that exciting idea, not much happened.

The story is told through four viewpoints. I like the way the author goes for diversity. The main characters are:

Marco - a Hispanic boy nicknamed "Taco" by his enemies (imagine being the guy who found the bomb that leaves you trapped inside an enclosed mall with other guys who hate your guts).

Shay - Shaila Dixit, a.k.a. "The Indian Chick" stuck in the mall with her little sister and diabetic grandmother.

Lexi - An African American girl whose mother, The Senator, is a stereotypical workaholic who spends all her time, even family day at the mall, glued to her phone.

Ryan - A typical high school football player living in the shadow of his popular older brother.

My problem was that all the main characters seemed like typical stereotypes. Much of the time their voices sounded so similar it was difficult to tell which one I was dealing with in a particular chapter. Or to care about them enough to worry or wonder what would happen next.

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