Book Reviews

Book Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.indd Published: March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins.

Format: Hardcover, 408 pages.

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Thoughts: I picked up Panic for the sake of joining in on a collaborative read-along and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Let me say that this book won’t be for everyone. Before I get any further I’d like to mention that I did not read the entire Delirium series also written by this author. I could never completely devote myself to that series so It makes a bit of sense that I didn’t love Panic. Or at least, that’s how I see it.

The characters were the reason I kept reading this one. I have to admit that Oliver is very good at slipping inside the mind of a teenager and that remains the same for this story. Heather and Dodge had their own reasons for participating in this insane game at the end of their senior year. I can’t imagine being in some of the situations that occurred throughout the novel. (One word: Tigers!)- I do like the message that Oliver was trying to covey. This book takes fear and tells us to face it straight on. Before you think the worst, I liked this book and it’s idea but I just found it wasn’t that memorable after the final page.

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