Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Hodder Paperback
Released: 14th August 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, thriller
Pages: 368 (paperback)
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.
Summary from Goodreads
Sorry I haven’t posted for 2 weeks! I’ve been so busy but i’m going to try and post more!
To start with, I worried it would be copying The Hunger Games because I got the shorter version of the synopsis on my book. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was completely different. It wasn’t even Dystopian, which for some reason I assumed it would be (maybe this is a sign I’ve read too many similar books?) This book didn’t really wow me but it was entertaining enough.
All the way through the book I was asking questions. Why do they need 60 grand to get out of this town? and what is so bad about this town anyway? sounds completely ordinary with the cinemas, shopping, bowling, mcdonald’s and so on.. they seem to be pretty normal teens in a pretty normal setting. And like all teens, they are bored with their lives so they start this life threatening game.. I found it a strange concept to say the least. Also, how have they got away with Panic for so long without the adults of the town noticing and stopping it? I want to know how they explain away all the accidents and deaths — how the winner explains the fact that they’re suddenly rich beyond their years. You get my point? rant over.
New rant.. the characters were so annoying!
Heather- joins the game on a whim after seeing Matt (ex) with another girl, after she’s been droning on about how dangerous and life threatening the game can be. So yeah, she’s sad and desperate. She had her moments of jealousy and depression and that’s fine but she was just so whiny and ‘woe is me’.
Dodge- love sick with Nat, yet at the same time is violent and hell-bent on getting revenge on someone who rigged his sister’s car in the last Panic, causing her paralysis from the waist down. All he does is complain and complain about how that dude ruined his life and that he wants to kill him. He’s basically like a childish school boy with a crush and a bad temper.
Nat- She’s a backstabbing friend to Heather, plus she’s terrible at panic.
“She was deathly afraid of dogs, she had told him. Also: ladders, heights, darkness, and the feeling you get in the middle of the night when you check your phone and see no one has texted.” I literally can’t think of anyone worse to join a game like Panic, I mean that last one is just ridiculous.
Bishop- The only bearable character is Heather’s best friend Bishop. He’s the only one with any sense and hates Panic. He seems like your pretty average nice guy, but without giving any spoilers, there’s a bit more to him.
Obviously, since I gave it 3 stars instead of none it definitely wasn’t the worst book and there were things I appreciated about it. The challenges were suspenseful and gripping despite not being entirely unique. Also, this may come as a shock to you after all the complaining about the character’s but I thought she built their personality’s (even though I didn’t like them) well and their background stories were interesting. I realise as I am writing this that the pro’s are a minority to the cons, sorry to fans of Lauren Oliver!