Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

PanicTitle: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: March 4, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Ebook; 416pg
ISBN: 0062014552
Source: Edelweiss
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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.

Panic. It's a game of facing fear and winning the jackpot. In the tiny town of Carp, there is really nothing else to do, no hope to ever leave. For people like Heather and Dodge that feel they have nothing left to lose, Panic is everything.

Heather lives in the Fresh Pines mobile home park with her little sister Lily and her very messed up mother, Krista. Heather didn't intend to join Panic. But she did and it's not exactly something you can get out of once you're in. Dodge Mason has been waiting for his Senior year just so that he could join Panic. Several years ago his sister participated and never walked away, so Dodge is out for revenge.

I loved the character of Heather. Her growth was remarkable as she struggles to maintain her grip on things. Dodge was an unlikely favorite as well. Although, his motives remained the same throughout the novel, he did eventually grow some. Bishop was another character I enjoyed reading about because of his struggles as well. Nat, Heather's best friend, got on my nerves a bit, but still was an interesting character.

Panic is a fresh, innovative and heart-pounding novel. I absolutely LOVED this book. Lauren Oliver is a fantastic writer. I already knew this from reading Delirium, but she set the bar even higher with Panic. This story is so fast-paced and exciting! Panic is one of my new favorite books.

Overall, this novel is Perfect and one of the best books I have read in a long time!

5 stars to Panic!

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