This week I am featuring Panic by Lauren Oliver! I have read her Delirium trilogy, and while I still feel it ended poorly (it needed one more chapter ONE MORE!), I am still blown away by the first book. Supposedly, Panic is a standalone. From what I can tell, it's something of a modern day, slightly less deadly, Hunger Games. The cover looks similar to that of Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, which I am loved to pieces. I am really excited for this book and can't wait to tell you what I think!
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.
Already optioned by Universal Pictures in a major deal, this gritty, spellbinding novel captures both the raw energy of fear mixed with excitement, as well as the aching need to find a place to belong.
Release Date: March 4, 2014