This is the second book in a series if you want to read the first one No Safety in Numbers, check out my review: No Safety In Numbers
It’s Day 7 in the quarantined mall. The riot is over and the senator trapped inside is determined to end the chaos. Even with new rules, assigned jobs, and heightened security, she still needs to get the teen population under control. So she enlists Marco’s help–allowing him to keep his stolen universal card key in exchange for spying on the very football players who are protecting him.
But someone is working against the new systems, targeting the teens, and putting the entire mall in even more danger. Lexi, Marco, Ryan, and Shay believe their new alliances are sound.
They are wrong. Who can be trusted? And who will be left to trust?
The virus was just the beginning. -goodreads.com
Yea, I was right when I thought the next book was better and truth is it was. No Easy Way Out held so much more promise for me and I’m kind of glad I read it and I’m kind of disappointed I did all at the same time.
Lexi, Ryan, Marco, Shay and thousands of other people are still stuck in the mall thanks to the bomb that gave off a deadly virus. Now the Senator, Lexis mother, must keep everyone happy and orderly until the quarantine is officially over. The question is, how long will it last? How many people will be left when this is all over? Will there be any survivors?
While people are pulling out of this new dangerous flu, recovering thanks to new health procedures,(spoiler) a new strain has appeared which infects only teenage-college aged people. Then the mall is separated causing even more of a division. (end spoiler)
During all of that the Senator must deal with the rebels of the mall who believe they can escape. Knowing Marco has a key card she asks him for help as long as he does he gets to keep his key card. Both agree to work together although it begins to take a toll on his own sanity and safety.
Parties are thrown in secrete, only the Senator and Marco know this is happening, for the troubled teens in the mall. With alcohol (which is kind of weird if they are underage) and I mean a lot of it. These kids are in high school some of them are heavy drinkers which I think is strange so why would the Senator let Marco have all these drinks and such for high schoolers? That was really my only problem. But there’s something more sinister going on behind the scenes the teenagers aren’t the only ones stirring up trouble.
The relationships between the characters either grow or wither away in this novel causing high tensions between each of them. Some are forgiven others not so easily.
Overall this book is written much more better although, I still feel like it’s a slow paced book with little description. 470 pages and still nothing happens until the last 200ish pages, when you get to those last 200 though the book really picks up pace making it hard to put down. I could not tear my eyes away from the chaos and terror that is happening in this mall. Perhaps it’s so slow because how much can happen in a mall? Apparently a lot with those back hallways.
It leaves me with more questions. Would this really happen in a mall quarantine? When will they get out? More importantly, would I survive?
If you like the first book No Safety in Numbers, thriller books, survival ones or quarantines this is the book for you!