"No Safety in Numbers" by Dayna Lorentz is a thrilling action story for young adults. It's about what might happen if a terrorist plot unfolded in a local mall. Be forewarned: it's not a pretty picture.
Told from the point of view of four very different teens, the story, all in third person narration, works alarmingly, scarily well. There are two boys and two girls -- and before the terrorist attack even starts, all four are clearly dealing with personal issues.
Lexi, whose mother is a state senator, feels neglected and is angry that her parents won't allow her to attend public school. She doesn't fit in at Irvington Country Day School, a posh private institution. Lexi is most comfortable in front of a computer, and that skill will come in handy in the days to come.
Marco works at the mall to get enough money for things like a bike. His dad doesn't speak English well, and his nickname (created by the jocks) is Taco. He has accidentally scratched the door of a jock's BMW and is living in fear that they will exact retribution -- physical, dangerous retribution. He must figure out a way to avoid the jock Mike and his football playing friends. Marco is the one who finds a bomb while running away from the jocks.
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