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Lauren Oliver
HarperCollins, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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 didn’t even read the description on this one - I knew I had to read it because of Lauren Oliver’s reputation. I haven’t had the chance to read Delirium yet, but I’ve only heard good things.

Panic is a game of dares and very dangerous. It had me nervous and in suspense - I needed to see who won. I needed to see if anyone got hurt. I needed to see if anyone did anything stupid (well, they were all stupid for participating.) All of the characters had complicated lives and reasons for playing the game, which made for a strong story. I would have liked a bit more romance, though.

I was surprised to see the rating on Goodreads was lower than I expected.

It makes me wonder... if I liked this book so much, how much will I like her others?