Booktalk: Panic by Lauren Oliver


YA novels about teenagers competing against each other are all the rage right now.  Many of them are set in dystopian worlds, like The Hunger Games, The Selection, or The Testing.  But Panic brings the spirit of competition closer to home, as the teens in this story live in the same world that we do.  Visit Lauren Oliver’s website to learn more about her books for teens, kids, and adults.


It’s the end of the school year, and there’s only one chance of escaping this dead-end town in the middle of nowhere and creating a new future for yourself.  And that’s only if you play, and WIN the game called Panic.

Every summer, the graduating seniors in the town of Carp have been competing in this game where the winner takes all the money that students have put into the Panic fund.  Whoever wins this year will get sixty-seven thousand dollars … and that’s MORE than enough money to move out of this town forever.  It’s enough to start a new life, make new friends, and forget all about what you had to do to get that money.

Panic is a competition.  The organizers come up with new challenges every year, and the players compete in these challenges in secret all around the town.  Some of these challenges are illegal, and ALL of them are dangerous.  Over the years, people have been injured or even killed because of this game.  And this year will be no exception.

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