Panic

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 8:37 am

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Panic

Lauren Oliver

2014

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Kate F

Teens

General fiction, Thriller and suspense

realistic

In brief

4

A suspenseful tale of brutal competition and secrets. Would you risk your own life in order to change it?

What is panic? According to Merriam-Webster, it's "a state or feeling of extreme fear that makes someone unable to act or think normally." Sound fun? Sound like a good foundation for a game? In the small town of Carp, New York, it is.

For graduating high school seniors, Panic is an ultra-secret game played for ultra-high stakes: $67,000. The catch? In order to win, you must perform life-threatening, panic-inducing tasks. Only one can win, and some may lose their lives playing. But is that all Panic really is, a super-charged game? Maybe it's also the frustration you feel growing up poor in a small, dying town. Maybe it's the anger that comes when your sister is paralyzed playing Panic one year, and your family can't afford the medical bills. Maybe it's the face you put on so everyone thinks you're happy and okay.

Every character in this book has their own story, and their own reason for playing Panic. And that's what I love so much about Panic-- the characters. Just like in other books I've read by Lauren Oliver, these characters are so well-written and REAL. Their desperation, their bravado, their deep-down tender hearts-- it all comes shining through, and you can't help but need to know what happens to them.