Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

panicTitle: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: 6th March 2014 (Hodder)
Pages: 416
Genre: Contemporary
Format: Hardback

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Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand 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. [Goodreads]

I was a bit cautious about starting this book because many people have said it’s hard to wrap your head around the concept of the book. It’s set as a realism piece but the game Panic has elements which would cross into dystopia fiction. Well that’s what I went into the book thinking. I agree, it did take me a while to get into, but it was pretty quick to get used to. To sum it up, Panic is like a secret crazy, alcohol filled, drug-infused, house party that no one other the people involved should know about. It’s a rumored game around the town yet no one has ever confessed that there is such thing.

With a duel point of view, it showed how Heather and Dodge progress as they play Panic as they both approach the game with different intentions. I did prefer reading from Dodge’s point of view because he had more of a purpose in partaking in the game whereas Heather went ahead with the first challenge without knowing what she wanted out of it.

The ending was pleasing but nothing more.

Readers who enjoyed The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher would enjoy this book as there are some similarities in the ideas. Because of this similarity, I didn’t find it that of an amazing read as I did when reading Delirium and Before I  Fall. 

My Rating:

I liked it

3 cup


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