“The bravery is in moving forward, no matter what”
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Published March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins
My rating: 5 /5
Goodreads plot summary: 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 review: This book is crazy; which is probably why I loved it so much. It kept me thrilled the whole time and I finished the last 150 pages in one sitting. This is the 5th book from Lauren Oliver I’ve read and I can’t tell which of her books I love the most, because all of them are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.
So, let’s start…
The story is told in 3rd person, one chapter about Heather, another about Dodge. While scanning the table of contents, I was sure Heather & Dodge are going to be lovers, but no, they were just Panic participants. What is Panic? Panic is the dangerous game teens play at the end of the school year. And it is fierce. Panic consists of 5 rounds and with each of them the amount of players narrows. Oh, actually, I forgot to mention that the winner gets 60000$ (every student paid a few dollars into the pot throughout the academic year); despite this fact not everyone plays for money – Heather plays because of the sudden rage and Dodge plays for revenge. See how far they can go & how many secrets will be unraveled.
“This was the true fear – that you could never know other people, not completely”
In both “Before I Fall” & “Panic”, writer shows us how cruel teens can be. Like, I’m still shocked, but one of the rounds in Panic included “Russian Roulette”.
Furthermore, “Panic” contains a lovely romance (but not between Heather and Dodge, like I mentioned before).
“My point is, when you love someone, when you care for someone, you have to do it through the good and the bad. Not just when you are happy and it’s easy. “
In conclusion, I’d like to say that Lauren Oliver never ceases to amaze me. Her books are a big source of inspiration for me.
Have you read anything by Lauren Oliver? What is your favorite book of hers?