Yesterday, the cover of Panic by Lauren Oliver was revealed! I am a massive fan of her books - there is just something about her writing that is crazily addictive, and you can guarantee that anything of hers will be well-written and compelling.
There were several things that drew my eye to the cover. First, the fonts - they are typically "Lauren Oliver" fonts, as in they are used on a lot of her book covers. I like it, though; without even reading her name, a part of your subconscious knows it's by her, which is pretty cool.
A lot of Oliver's book covers are quite detailed, so it was quite a shock to see how plain this cover is. However, it isn't boring - the simplicity of the cover draws the reader's eye towards the girl. Her face is covered, and she is pretty much a mystery - just like this 'Panic' that is mentioned in the synopsis.
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.
The combination of the wicked synopsis and the gorgeous cover has given me high hopes for this book. I have expectations of Oliver anyway, but this sets the stakes to a whole new level. I'm incredibly excited for Panic - are you?