Panic by Lauren Oliver
In Heather's class there's not a lot of options after high school. Hardly anyone gets out and it's not like there are a ton of jobs left in town now that the plant's closed. So the teens of Carp, New York make their own options. They all contribute a dollar a day for all of high school, building up the pot. Someone is going to walk away each year with all that money. Of course, they'll have to compete in The Panic to get it.
No one talks about The Panic, but everyone knows what it is. High stakes games that are plenty dangerous to participate in. Games that are created by two unknown teens that might know all your weaknesses. And there's no second chance, once you're out, you're out. If you want to win you had better pay attention and not chicken out. Heather never thought she'd enter, but then she found herself jumping in and now she wants the money. Dodge has plans for his winnings and he knows just what sort of deals he'll have to make to get it. Someone is going to walk away a winner and someone might not walk away at all. .
If you've ever wondered what The Hunger Games would be like if it was planned by teens and run right now, Panic answers your question. This is a fast moving thriller that feels very realistic, these are teens who have read the dystopian novels and decided they had something to offer them. It's creepy, dark and will keep you turning the pages.
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