The Winner’s Curse
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves the people it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel doesn’t have many options, except for becoming a fighter. And she hates it. One day, she is startled to find a kindred personality in a young slave up for auction, Arin. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him, not realizing the consequences surrounding Arin’s hidden secret.
Panic is a summer game open to all seniors in the small and stifling town of Carp. People are forced to face their fears in a series of challenges designed to weed out the fearful until only one victor remains. Heather never wanted to play until she decided that the money offered to the winner was too great an opportunity to pass up. Dodge played for revenge on the person who scarred his sister in a near-fatal car accident. As the game progresses, both Heather and Dodge must decide what they stand for and how far they are both willing to go to win.