Review: Panic

Panic by Lauren OliverTitle: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: n/a

About: 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 Thoughts: This is a fast-paced, intriguing read. Panic (the game, as opposed to the book’s title) is a very interesting concept, and really sounds just like most teenagers — they feel invincible, so nothing will stop them. They do stupid things with little to no regard to the risk they’re taking. I could see a small town’s teens banding together for a huge summer-long competition. Especially where there are tens of thousands of dollars to be won.

The characters are all interesting, even the guys we want to hate for the sake of Dodge. And I say want to hate because they turn out not to be so evil. (And, no, that’s not a spoiler.) All of these kids — at least the ones most focused on — are poor or struggling with something pretty big. In short, everyone has something they’re not only hiding, but wanting the money so they can escape it — or fix it.

I probably will forever think that Lauren Oliver is one of the best writers out there. It’s really a rather simple concept: teenagers are daredevils to pass the summer and possibly win a lot of money; things go wrong; many of these kids are dealing with pretty major stuff. But, Oliver makes it so not simple. Her writing is absolutely beautiful. She has a way with words that takes what could be an unremarkable story and turn it into art. If you’ve enjoyed her books thus far, don’t miss Panic!

4.5 StarsSource: Received through Around the World Tours for review.

Read It: Panic is scheduled for release around March 4, 2014. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository(These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)

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