Title: No Easy Way Out
Author: Dayna Lorentz
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013
Publisher: Dial Books
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Since this is a second book in a trilogy, the synopsis contains some spoilers for the first book. Click here to be brought to the Goodreads page for the book. Read synopsis at your own risk.
No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz is the second book in a thrilling trilogy following the survival of four teens quarantined in a mall with thousands of other shoppers.
This book exceeded my expectations , which were already high since I adored the first book. You would think that the concept would become repetitive, I mean, how much can really happen in this mall? WRONG. Everything was so new and interesting each day of the quarantine and the author did an amazing job at keeping you at the edge of your seat and always questioning what’s going to happen next.
I’m not going to talk about the four main characters individually because I did that in my review for the first book in the trilogy (click here to read that review). The whole concept of this trilogy is what initially drew me in because I was so interested as to how people would react in a situation like this. The second book was much longer than the first one and gave so much more insight into the impact of the entire situation on the quarantined population.
The four main characters developed within this book. They had to, it became a fight for survival. This book focused more on their interaction which is realistic since it’s inevitable that they’d have to meet and work together at some point. Reading from their different perspectives added to the intrigue and suspense since you could see each o heir motives and you had to wait and see the impact on the other characters.
Back to the impact on the quarantined population. I’ve never been in or heard anyone in this situation but the more I think about it, I feel like the author handled this topic in a realistic way. Dayna Lorentz did not sugar coat anything and covered the many possible struggles, conflicts, benefits, corruption, etc. scenarios that you could think of. What was most interesting about this book was learning “behind the scenes” information about who took over control of the mall. Seeing their plans on how to control and maintain the mall population and who they cooperate with to do so is so captivating!
The new perspective for the very last chapter gave even more insider information and was so interesting! It was also a really shocking and effective way to end the book leaving you wanting to read the next book immediately.
I feel that this trilogy is really, really, really underrated. It’s such a different book to anything I have ever read. If you need something interesting, suspenseful, and easy to read, please pick up this trilogy and give it a chance!
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