So why did I want No Safety in Numbers to be an escape book? In it, a virus has spread into the mall, how it happened only known by a couple children, and now the whole mall has to go into quarantine whether they like it or not. The virus is proven here to be very sickening and could be even worse than the SARS flu from 2003. To ensure the virus doesn't spread, police have barred up every exit and now don't really care if someone's very sick, their first priority to even everything out. It's a mall, where people may still have to pay for food despite everything. Soon, the people in charge really don't want anyone to know about it, so they've made a rule against Wi-fi. They may not even let people come in to stock up on groceries for the prisoners. It's a very sick feeling of a book.
There is a little bit of good stuff. There are four good main teenage protagonists. One is a girl who knows 3-D computer animation, the other girl is a famous Indian immigrant who wants to be a regular kid and has a sick family to take care of. One boy has a crush on that girl, and they're both shy to really hang out with each other. The last one is a bus boy at the Grill-n-Shake that may know a way out of the mall. Eventually, things end up so bad in the mall, that I'd rather be in a regular prison than there. At least a few people should find a way out and tell people on the outside about it. One of the kids actually finds a close way out, but after realizing it's barred up, even if it's not guarded, he just kind of gives up on it instead of digging through it. Weird. Another one of the kids ends up with a very sick Nana, so call me a heartless jerk, but she works so hard at getting her the pills she needs to take, that the Nana becomes like a clueless little kid you have to carry around and comfort while being chased by cops. It just doesn't feel like it's worth it in the end. My solution would be to have a worldwide warning about the people infected, and then let them out, telling their families to wear masks around them. Or if one person got out and is now a fugitive just because of his/her infection, and the police are carelessly after him/her, that would've made the story exciting enough to see the sequel as a must see. Dayna Lorentz and the four teenagers should've spent more time shopping for some moxy.