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
A really quick review from me today. This book was beautifully written as you'd expect from Lauren Oliver. I loved the contemporary setting and the idea that all these kids from one town are involved in such a high risk game for a chance at a huge prize fund. I loved the variety of characters and getting into the reasons why they were competing.
Only criticism is I think I would have preferred 1st person split narrative rather than 3rd person split narrative to make me connect more with the characters.