Panic - Lauren Oliver | Book Review

2:12 PM
Pages: 408 hardcover
Publication date: March 4th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  4 out of 5


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.


I enjoyed this book. This was my first Lauren Oliver books and it was fun to read. I also need this right when I read it after The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

Panic follows the lives of Heather and Dodge in duel perspective. Panic is about the game called Panic in the town of Crap, each year after graduation the high school graduates are eligible to participate in this game. Panic is illegal in Crap but recent grads continue to play disregarding the fact that each year during the games kids get injured from the dangerous challenges they need to face in order to win.

At the end of the game of Panic the winner will win the pot, which is the most it's ever been since Panic has been around. The pot is obtained by each senior student donating a dollar every school day. Donations of each senior student isn't mandatory, however if a student doesn't participate in donating someone never specified harasses the student (locker sabotage, etc.) until they start donating their share.

The challenges are spread out during the summer after graduation and in addition to the group challenges each play needs to pass their individual challenge as well. 

Panic isn't just about the game, it also has it's familial aspects. Each character mentioned in this book has some sort of family problem. Which I liked because it made more sense why these recent graduates have decided to participate in this dangerous game. Theres a story behind just playing the dangerous game. 

I liked this book, I thought it was interesting and enjoyable. There were the moments when I wanted more suspense during the challenges or when something was being hinted and reviled. Lauren Oliver doesn't allow the reader to read in suspense and anticipation for long at all. She only allows the reader to process and think about what was just hinted and within sentences a dead give away if revealed. 

I really enjoyed this though, I read it in a couple of days. If you enjoy contemporary/ YA romance with some adventure then I would recommend this to you.


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