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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope that Kirkus Reviews says "will have readers up until the wee hours," School Library Journal raves is "fast-paced and captivating," and E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls "a thrill a minute."

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand 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. 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.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published on March 4, 2014 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0062014552
ISBN-13: 9780062014559
2 Book Reviews
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  • olafthesnowmanWednesday, September 2, 2015 at 7:24 am
    panic was incredible. the details, the way they kept keeping you on your feet.. definetley one of the best books i have ever read
    • llehlers
      llehlersTuesday, September 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm44 stars
      I thought Lauren Oliver's "Panic" was a really good book, even if I feel like it could've been even better if more came of the challenges in the game. The storyline was amazing with great potential and I think readers who fell for "The Hunger Games" trilogy would really enjoy. I thought the characters were really well-developed and worth rooting for. Also, and I know this will probably sound stupid and unimportant, but I actually really liked how the two main characters described in the description on the back did not fall in love with each other. I liked how their relationships weren't automatically with each other simply because they were the two the story mainly focused on. Anyways, the suspense was great and I liked how aspects of the story were touched down on and then brought back in later to influence what happens next. It's like you're told about something so you can read on and think, "Of course! I knew that would make a difference!" Overall, a really good read.