Tuesday, May 27


Lauren Oliver

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 9780062014559
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date of publication: March 4, 2014
Age: Grades 9 and up
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Themes: fear, revenge, betrayal, game

Every summer, the graduating seniors participate in a dangerous game called “Panic.” The prize? A pot that can get up to $60,000. Yet, players have to face some stark fears in brutal ways. Heather never planned on joining, but this she soon discovers she has something to fight for. Dodge, on the other hand, has been planning on using the game to gain his revenge. Both are unprepared for what they face, both in the game and out, as they face the deepest fears.

Gritty, dark, and gripping, this novel pulls you in in a powerful way. Growing up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, these kids are a bitter bunch with little to call their own. See? The setting and characters are so richly developed, I got invested in it pretty quick. Crazy. It’s a suspenseful book with plenty of twists and turns. Read at your own risk.

Warning: Explicit Content

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