Published by HarperCollins on March 4th 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.
Panic is a game the teenagers of the small, poor town of Carp invented. Throughout the school year the kids contribute to the pot and then on the night after graduation anyone that wants to submit their name as a contestant has to jump from a cliff into the lake. This year the pot is $67,000! That’s a lot of money for any teenager to consider competing, much less a teenager that lives in Carp. But the challenges are highly dangerous and they tend to last throughout the summer so there’s only about a dozen competitors.
Panic is told from two povs – Heather and Dodge.
Heather feels like a big nobody. She was recently dumped by her boyfriend, Matt, and her only goal in life is to get out of Carp. She has a terrible home life but she tries her best to protect her sister, Lily. Heather has two best friends – Bishop and Natalie. Natalie is excited to be a contestant this year but Bishop and Heather are happy with being spectators. But when Heather is faced with Matt showing up with his hands all over another girl, reminding Heather how she isn’t good enough, she makes a rash decision and jumps off of the cliff.
Dodge is a loner. Nobody at school even knows he exists. He has been planning on participating in Panic ever since his big sister was paralyzed in last year’s game. Paralyzed on purpose. He has a score to settle. But he didn’t count on making friends along the way.
I’m surprised at how much I loved this book! I was still somewhat holding a grudge against Oliver for the end of Requiem. Lol. But I’ve always been a fan of her writing so I was thrilled that this book was so good. I thought the storyline was original, I kept turning the page anxious to read what the next crazy challenge was going to be. There was a lot of action and I was rooting for Bishop/Heather and Dodge/Natalie as a couple as much as I was rooting for them to succeed in the game.
I was hoping for more details of their lives after Panic but all of my questions were answered so it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. Well done!
Note from Danielle: Please ignore my post signature on Angie’s post below! I don’t know how to switch it off for individual posts! #Fail! lol