Monday, June 9, 2014

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: 04/04/2014
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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.
Picture and Summary from Goodreads

Ooookay so I'm pretty sure I went into this with the wrong expectations. I'm not really even sure what I was expecting but what Panic ended up being was not what I thought. That being said it was still an ok read. For the people comparing this to Hunger Games, you guys didn't read the same book that I did.

Panic is really more a coming of age, rite of passage type of book. It's gritty and surprisingly real life, a story set in poor town USA with a cast of teens dealing with their own issues. The game of panic is something you would hear about happening in the real world, a group of kids performing dangerous dares for an endgame prize. The pacing at times was slow and for me kind of dry but it still had heart racing excitement and suspense that kept me turning the page.

Overall while I did enjoy parts of Panic, there were still moments where I was easily distracted from the story. Could be that it just wasn't my cup of tea.


  1. I don't know how anyone could compare it to The Hunger Games, I mean, for a start, this wasn't even dystopian. It gave you the impression that it was by the synopsis, but nope. And okay, you could say because of the Panic thing, but I wouldn't even say that, it wasn't even intense, it was boring and a little bit ridiculous. I just didn't get it at all, and considering the town was supposed to be poor, yet they have that prize fund, and yeah, okay, it's collected from them every day and whatever but still. They're supposed to be poor. The whole thing just annoyed me so I'm not going to go too into it or I'll be ranting, haha. you enjoyed it a bit more than me though! :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

    1. I did find it strange that even though they are poor the kids still had the ability to contribute to the pot everyday....


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