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Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
I was really looking forward to reading this book! A while back, some fellow Ottawa bloggers and I got to listen to Lauren Oliver read a bit from this book, which made me even more excited to get my hands on it!
I was definitely intrigued by the idea of the game Panic, with kids participating in increasingly more dangerous challenges. The game seemed almost like a rite of passage in Heather’s small town. I loved the concept of this book. It made this contemporary read feel almost dystopian, the way Panic was so competitive and elements of it so secretive, not to mention the dangers and the risks the players had to take.
I really liked the characters and the way that they seemed to work together while not entirely trusting each other either. I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading. As each challenge became more dangerous, I felt myself getting more and more caught up in the story and I just had to know what would happen next.
The book is not perfect. If you really want to poke holes in things you could (tigers!) but I found it very easy to let myself get pulled into the story and see where it took me, and I had a lot of fun doing so.
I loved this book! I’d been looking forward to it so much and I’m happy to say that it lived up to my expectations.