Panic has one hell of a crazy plot and some unlikeable characters but I still loved it.Panic by Lauren Oliver
Published by Harper Collins on 04 March 2014
Genres: YA Contemporary
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.
My Recap :
Panic is deadly game played by the Seniors of Carp after they have graduated from high school. The money pot is high but so too is your chance of serious injury or death. But that doesn’t stop Heather, Dodge or Nat from taking part. All have their reasons but who will win?
First Line of Panic :
“The water was so cold it took Heather’s breath away as she fought past the kids crowding the beach and standing in the shallows, waving towels and homemade signs, cheering and calling up to the remaining jumpers.”
My Thoughts on Panic :
My first thought it Lauren Oliver has done it again. Her breath- taking writing style literally does just that, it takes my breath away. Her writing has that poetic, lyrical quality that sends my highlighter into overdrive and my book heart into a spin.
The plot is crazy, well I hope to God it’s crazy as I’d hate to think of anyone actually playing this game. It is playing with fire and all for a pot of money that is significant but not worth risking your life for. But that aside, it got my heart pounding at times. I never knew what would happen or who would be sacrificed (I don’t trust LO not to break my heart!) and this adrenaline surge is a huge part of why I loved the book so much.
The characters are all interesting but not always likeable. I loved Heather and all that she was willing to do for her little sister. Nat left me hot and cold as I didn’t fully take to her. And Dodge wasn’t perfect but he was very real. I fully got their reasons for taking part even if I wanted to slap them all silly for being so stupid. And then high five them for being so brave. And then slap them again!
Overall, this book isn’t like any other book that I’ve read. It is also totally different to all of Lauren Oliver’s other books and I love that she takes chances and mixes it up all the time. I think it payed off and Panic gets a big thumbs up from me.
|Did I feel it?|
Who should read Panic?
I’d highly recommend this to folks who like YA contemporary books and who want to try something a little bit different. Also recommended to all fans of Lauren Oliver’s writing style.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.