Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Panic by Lauren Oliver | Book Review

Panic by Lauren Oliver 

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope that Kirkus Reviews says "will have readers up until the wee hours," School Library Journal raves is "fast-paced and captivating," and E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls "a thrill a minute."

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand 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. 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.

Cover: The cover of this novel shows presumably Heather with her hair blowing across her face.  It doesn't give anything away about the plot of the book.

My Review: You know when you get off of a roller coaster or finish a race and you're just so hyped up and have insane amounts of adrenaline punning through your veins?  That's what the game Panic is like.  That's why so many people played it and why the book is so interesting to read.  You get sucked in to believing that you're the one accomplishing the tasks and you can't wait to see what the next one is.  This story also has personal stories that make us root for the winner to be Heather or Dodge for multiple different reasons.  This book reminded me of Assassin, a game my high school plays senior year where you're assigned a person and you use a water gun to "kill" them.  However, if Assassin is a level 4, Panic is level 104.  This novel is certainly an adventurous one that keeps you interested throughout the whole thing.  I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who enjoys stories that keep you guessing and maybe understand what it's like to not like their current situation.

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