Panic by Lauren Oliver

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Oliver brings a high-concept, high-stakes conceit to Main Street USA, and the result is as uncomfortable as it is thrilling.
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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope that Kirkus Reviews says "will have readers up until the wee hours," School Library Journal raves is "fast-paced and captivating," and E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls "a thrill a minute."

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand 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. 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.

 

About Lauren Oliver

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Lauren Oliver burst onto the scene with her first novel, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall. This was followed by her stunning Delirium, which ALA Booklist called "another deft blend of realism and fantasy." A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, Lauren lives in Brooklyn, New York. Liesl & Po is her first novel for younger readers.
 
Published March 4, 2014 by HarperCollins. 421 pages
Genres: Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 04 2014

Oliver makes a white-knuckle return to realism that will have readers up until the wee hours. They’ll be desperate to learn who will win—and even more importantly, who will survive—Panic, a secret game that pits player against player in mental and physical challenges designed to push them to the breaking point.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Dec 16 2013

Oliver brings a high-concept, high-stakes conceit to Main Street USA, and the result is as uncomfortable as it is thrilling.

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Good
Reviewed by CaraErica on May 03 2014

A book I love! Panic is gorgeously written with heart warming characters, a fast pace and a raw feel. This book will make you smile and reduce you to tears.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by helloitsheath on Jan 31 2014

It's fast paced and even when the pace drops, the plot still keeps you hooked...All in all, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers who are fans of Lauren Oliver, teen adventure books or something a little different from the current trends in young adult fiction right now.

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