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Panic by Lauren Oliver
March 4, 2014
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 lot of people don't really like the idea of this book for two reasons: a) it sounds like The Hunger Games, and b) it's supposedly a stand-alone.
This might just be me, but I think people need to stop comparing everything to The Hunger Games. Many books have similar ideas, but nobody compares them because they haven't really been discovered. Another thing is, I think a stand-alone young adult dystopian novel (wow, that was a mouthful) would be refreshing compared to all of the series there are.
I think this idea sounds original enough, and I love all of Lauren Oliver's other books, so I'm excited!