No Easy Way Out

No Easy Way OutNo Easy Way Out (No Safety in Numbers, #2) by Dayna Lorentz
Published by Dial Books on July 16th 2013
Pages: 480
ISBN: 0803738749
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three-stars

Received from Goodreads first reads giveaway.

Although I did not read the first book in this series, I was able to appreciate this book as a stand alone book. This book is about survivors who are trapped in a Mall after a deadly flu outbreak. A Senator is in charge and is attempting to bring order to the Mall following a riot that occurred in the first book in this series. In addition she is attempting to separate the sick from the healthy and to keep the survivors safe. Lexi, Marco, Ryan, Mike, Drew, and Shay along with others are teens trapped in the Mall. They are forming alliances and trying to stay safe.

I thought this book was well written and the characters were interesting. The story was good but not a page turner for me. The action was neither too fast nor too slow. I liked that there is a division of days with sections labeled day 7, day 8 for example. I do look forward to reading the next in the series.

three-stars

I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the SunI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Published by Dial Books on September 16th 2014
Pages: 371
ISBN: 0803734964
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three-half-stars

Enjoyable book full of metaphors. They seemed a little much in the beginning but by the end of the book, I did not mind them one bit. The story is told from two different points of view: Noah when he is 13 and Jude when she is 16. I really felt for Noah and enjoyed his chapters much more than I did Jude’s. He was more likable and more sympathetic for me.
The book is a coming of age tale which deals with issues of loss, sexuality, grief, guilt, angst, family secrets, and longing.

three-half-stars