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Review of Panic by Lauren Oliver

by Cindy H | Jun 16, 2017
Heather couldn't believe what she'd just done. She'd jumped off the cliff into the water below, declaring herself a participant in Panic. Everyone at Carp High pays a $1 a day into the pot, no exceptions. At the end of the school year all graduating seniors are eligible to enter into Panic, where they will compete in a number of increasingly dangerous and terrifying tasks until winner takes all in the final challenge, Joust. Heather never intended to play, she was only there to cheer on her best friend, Natalie. When her boyfriend dumps her for another girl, right before she was going to say "I love you" for the first time, jumping off the cliff seems like the only thing to do. Although that was the catalyst, Heather soon finds she has many reasons for entering Panic, and now she is playing to win. The only problem is, so is everyone else, and some people may not play by the rules.

Dodge's sister almost won Panic a few years ago, until in the final round something happened to her car and she ended up paralyzed from the waist down. Now Dodge is eligible to play, and he is not going to lose out on his chance to exact revenge on the people who hurt his sister. Things start to get complicated, however, when he starts to fall for one of the other players. He knows he must keep his eye on the prize, but things are going to get much more intense than he could have ever imagined.

This book was exhilarating and kept me on the edge of my seat; I couldn't put it down! Although there is some romance, the primary focus of the book is on getting to know the characters and follow them through their quest to win Panic. The story goes back and forth between Heather and Dodge's perspectives, which gives you an interesting look into not only their thoughts but their views on the other characters as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, suspenseful book about realistic characters dealing with difficult and sometimes tragic experiences. This book is available in print,as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive, or audiobook on Hoopla. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
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