Panic by Lauren Oliver Review


Panic by Lauren Oliver

Published HarperCollins 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardback from the library
Other books by this author: DeliriumLiesl & PoBefore I Fall
Buy this book: Amazon – Barnes & Noble
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.
I adored this book. I sat down and read the entire thing straight through, the entire time having so much fun reading it, but also totally feeling for the characters! I love both Heather and Dodge, although Dodge definitely was not my favorite person. He would come off as a little annoying and confusing, but overall, he was an interesting character and was written very well, so I still enjoyed reading about him. Heather, however, I totally loved. She is such a relatable character. I loved everything she does and goes through. One of my other favorite characters was Bishop, especially his relationship with Heather. He reminds me of my best guy friend. Bishop was so lovable and funny and I adored the scenes with him in them. Our other main character was Natalie (known as Nat) who was just okay. I cared about her, but I wasn’t totally in love with her character. 
The writing in this book, like all of Lauren Oliver’s books, is absolutely gorgeous. Everything is so well placed and ties together beautifully in a bow. It was so interesting and kept me reading the entire time. The two POVs tied together very well, both showing different characters from different opinions and points of view. The challenges were crazy and exciting. Everything was just so well described and beautiful and I loved the writing style.
The challenges in this book were crazy insane. They were terrifying and so scary. I have no idea how some of these were even completed, which they weren’t as some people got eliminated throughout the book. It was so crazy to read about and really scary. I have no idea how I would do in those challenges. Let’s be honest, I wouldn’t even enter into Panic. The ending was amazing and I adored everything about it. Some people haven’t liked the end, but I really liked how it closed. The epilogue was also really nice and tied it up really nicely. The themes in this book were really cool and I really want to reread it again! 

6 thoughts on “Panic by Lauren Oliver Review

  1. I am looking forward to those crazy challenges. I’ve only read one book by Lauren Oliver and that’s Delirium. I really loved it but I don’t know why I haven’t continued reading the trilogy yet. Hopefully I can get to this soon. It sounds like a really great book 🙂

  2. I’m glad you liked it! Lauren Oliver was one of the amazing authors out there. Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book and we also don’t have a library like yours. I hope I could get a chance to read it, though! 🙂

    Michelle, The Escapist.

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