Today's Book Recommendation is Panic by Lauren Oliver.
In the town of Carp located in what would easily be considered the middle of nowhere during the summer there is nothing to do. As a result a game was born. The game is high risk but the reward is higher. Played by graduating seniors the game has become the stuff of legends.
Heather never thought that she would be one the play. Nor had she ever considered herself brave. That she would be the type of person that would fight to stand out. Until she finds something to fight for. Or better yet someone. As the game continues she will find that she is braver than she ever thought possible.
Dodge never feared panic and with the armor of his secret he has fuel to get him all the way through the game to be the winner. But what he doesn't know is that he isn't the only one with a secret. That he isn't the only one who has something to play for.
As the game continues Heather and Dodge discover unexpected alliances, revelations, and the chance at first love for both of them. Ultimately they learn that sometimes the thing you fear most is exactly what you need to succeed.
This novel differs from Oliver's other books. First off it is, at this point, a stand alone novel. She has written another book series that I will be sure to review at some point as it is wonderful. The other major difference is that this novel is set not in a dystopian future but rather out world as we know it. Oliver also accurately captures those years at the end of high school when we are trying to figure out who we are and what we fight for. The game provides a backdrop for the changing relationships that we all face as we exit high school. A novel that will have you on the edge of your seat and cheering for both Dodge and Heather. A fun worthwhile read.