Lauren Oliver returns with another young adult thriller that adults can also enjoy. Panic is the name of a game that teenagers (seniors in high school) began playing because there was nothing else to do in summer in the small town. The novel follows two characters involved in the game, a girl who never thought she would play but suddenly has a reason to want to win, and a boy with a secret that he thinks will propel him to victory. Along the way, they form alliances and confront the possibility of love. The movie rights to this novel have already been sold.
If you want to try out some debut fiction this month, Made to Break by D. Foy might be just what you are looking for. This is a novel of five longtime friends taking a New Year's Eve trip to a cabin at Lake Tahoe. A car crash leaves one of them seriously injured and all of them are trapped at the cabin by a storm, forcing them to take stock of where they have been and what they have done. This book is straight to paperback but is receiving some pre-publication buzz.