by Oliver, Lauren, 1982-

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Young Adult YA PLAY OLI
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA PLAY OLI
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Oliver brings the survivalist competition of the Hunger Games series to present day New York State, where newly graduated seniors can take part in an annual game called Panic. In a small town where factory closures laid off 40 percent of the population, students are understandably concerned about financial security, and Panic awards the ultimate winner a sizable cash jackpot gathered from mandatory contributions from all high-school students. Participants are judged on physically and mentally challenging dares that culminate in a game of chicken called The Joust. The game's genesis, organizers, and judges are carefully kept secrets, and participants work hard to keep the police in the dark, as dangerous stunts have resulted in deaths in years past. Told in alternating chapters by Heather and Dodge, two players with siblings to protect and avenge, Oliver's novel is a wholly believable and compulsively readable tale of friendship, loyalty, survival, and courage. Although loose ends are tied together a little too neatly, the depressing yet realistic picture of new high-school graduates facing a bleak future balances unlikely heroism and happy endings. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Delirium trilogy books are New York Times and international best-sellers. Expect demand.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Heather and Dodge live in Carp, N.Y., a down-on-its-heels town where graduating seniors can participate in a secret annual game called Panic. Everyone contributes to the pot, with winner take all when the game begins. Players have died in the past, and Dodge's older sister was paralyzed two years earlier; this year's prize is $67,000. This is a purported return to realistic fiction for Oliver following her popular Delirium books, and it's realistic in the way that Before I Fall was: in her setting and characters, if not the situations they face. The stakes of Panic are extraordinarily high; an early challenge has competitors crossing between two water towers on a narrow plank, and things only escalate. Oliver runs no risk of idealizing small-town life; Carp is stifling and impoverished, and her descriptions can be borderline disdainful (one character's mother has a "face like a pulpy fruit"; a gas station attendant's hair is "slicked to one side, like weeds strapped to his forehead"). Oliver brings a high-concept, high-stakes conceit to Main Street USA, and the result is as uncomfortable as it is thrilling. Ages 14-up. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Games -- Fiction.
Risk-taking (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Games -- Juvenile fiction.
Risk-taking (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction.
High school graduates -- Juvenile fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Solon, Ohio :2014
Contributors Drew, Sarah, 1980- narrator.
Harper Audio (Firm)
HarperCollins (Firm)
Playaway Digital Audio.
Findaway World, LLC.
Participants/Performers Performed by Sarah Drew.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Previously released by HarperCollins Publishers, ℗2014.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Description 1 audio media player (approximately 5 hours) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781467669931
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