Lauren Daniels, or Panda as she’s known at school, has mastered the art of flying under the radar. She has no other choice so long as she wants her identity as the vigilante photoblogger, Gray, to stay a secret. But photographing her teachers and fellow students in compromising positions soon becomes the last thing on her mind. A blackmailer threatens to expose Panda if she refuses to play a game. However when the game turns deadly, Panda may have to expose herself to save her friends and herself.
I read Lamar Giles first YA novel, Fake ID, last year, and I loved it so much that I pre-ordered Endangered two months ahead of its release date. Somehow it ended up stuck in my TBR pile for almost five months before I got a chance to pick it up. While Endangered didn’t live up to the hype in my head, it was a solid book.
Panda has a great voice, and she helped me to understand her actions as a vigilante photoblogger. Her reasons for doing so seemed completely justified, making for an even more dramatic character arc as her life began falling apart.
The best part of Endangered was the way Giles dropped hints throughout the story, but they only became obvious when the bad guy’s identity was revealed. I’ve encountered way too many books where I can spot the bad guy a mile away. Not so with this book. It kept me on my toes and second guessing the identity of Panda’s blackmailer up until the very end.
As for not meeting my expectations, I’m chocking it up to not being in the mood for a high-stakes thriller after finishing another (longer) book with similar high-stakes. That’s not to say Endangered isn’t a fantastic book. It just wasn’t the right book for me to read right now.
Endangered would be a great read for someone interested in a YA thriller that will keep them guessing.
Endangered by Lamar Giles is available from Harper Teen as a hardcover or an eBook.