Sunday, April 20, 2014

Panic by Lauren Oliver [Review]

Panic4 out of 5 Robots!
  


Panic by Lauren Oliver
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: March 4, 2014
Hardcover: 408 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book 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
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Going into this book, I wasn't sure how I much would like it.  The reviews are a bit mixed.  But I ended up really liking it.  At the center of the book is Panic.  Panic is a secret game that Carp graduating seniors play.  The tasks are dangerous.  People have been horribly injured in years past.  But winning Panic means winning the large pot of money and that money means freedom from Carp.

But even though this book centers around Panic, it isn't really about Panic.  It is about the characters and the situations that push them to enter Panic in the first place.  At the stakes get higher and higher and everyone is tested to their limits, I was getting more anxious wondering how it would all turn out.  Luckily, I quite liked the ending.  I thought everything came together well. 

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