From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope.
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 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, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. 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.
It sounds pretty wonderful, doesn't it? (And what a gorgeous cover!) Now, here's our interview with Lauren:
You've written both dystopian and contemporary novels; what's the toughest thing about transitioning between them?
The challenge with writing dystopian novels is to build a complex world and society that feels both special, believable, and somewhat recognizable; the challenge is to make it real. Conversely, the challenge when writing contemporary is to make the world feel exciting and also, to some extent, fantastic. So weirdly I feel as though the transition happened kind of naturally--I'd been prepared for one by writing the other.
What is the one thing you most want readers to know about PANIC?
I'm really proud of Panic. I think readers should know that. And also, there are tigers in it!! Delirium had cows, Panic had tigers. I think my next book might have a duck. I'm still undecided on that one; it seems like kind of a letdown.
What is the best piece of writing advice you've ever received?
"Aim for truth, and beauty will follow. Aim for beauty, and truth won't necessarily come."
We appreciate you letting us interview you, Lauren!