Review of Panic

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.
After the Delirium series, I was really interested in what Lauren Oliver came out with next. I read a lot of reviews and luckily knew the book wasn't living up to the hype. It feel right where I thought it would, good but not amazing.

  • The storyline was interesting, it was almost like a small town Hunger Games. 
  • At first I really wasn't sure if I would like Heather, but she really grew on me during the book. I like the strong girl she was by the end.
  • Like the Delirium series, Lauren's writing is quick and easy to read.
  • Dodge was definitely my favorite part of this book, he has a rougher life but he is such a softie! 

  • As cool as the contest sounded, it just really fell short. There wasn't an amazing reason to do it, other than money and it just seemed like it could have been flushed out more.
  • The book never really climaxed to a point where you could not stop reading and just needed to know what was next. 
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20 comments

  1. Such mixed reviews on this one -- since I liked Delirium, I think I will have to read it at some point, but I'm not sure I'm going to love it like I originally thought :/

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  2. I'm probably not going to pick this up after all the mixed reviews, but I 'm glad you weren't as underwhelmed with it! It does have an interesting premise!

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  3. I do love Lauren Oliver but because of the so-so things I've been hearing about this I might skip it. At least for now...

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  4. This concept sounds so awesome, I'm sorry it fell flat. Honestly, I don't know if you've read it, but if you liked the idea here, then you might like The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, which is one of my favorite books!

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  5. I really want to read this one, despite the mixed reviews! Awesome review Missie, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on your next couple of reads!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

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  6. I've seen mixed reviews for this one too. Sometimes it's ok as long as you have more realistic expectations going in.

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  7. The general response I got about this book is pretty negative :/ And in all seriousness, I really don't like that whole competition idea. It's a bit ridiculous in my opinion. So I will probably skip this one.

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  8. Along with everyone else here, I have heard too many mixed reviews. I'm wondering if this feels much like her other works? The cover looks super similiar

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  9. I hate it when books don't live up to the hype. At least you had an idea that it wouldn't going into it. =/

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  10. I haven't tried any books by this author, but I should because everyone is speaking about her. But well, maybe I won't start with this one...

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  11. I was soooo ticked of with this book. I just felt it was all sorts of lame, with the whole "hey let's be incredibly stupid, probably die, and maybe get a bit of money". And I've seen people point out the logistics of them actually in reality scrapping together that much money anyway. Not entirely plausible. >_< I did like Heather and her sister, though. And the tigers were cool. It was a 3-stars for me too. ;)

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  12. I actually really enjoyed this (such a pleasant surprise to read something by Oliver I liked after Requiem :/). I totally agree with you that a lot of the people in the game didn't really have a solid reason to risk their lives. I get Dodge revenge thing though. And Heather ended up having to stay in for her sister, so that was understandable.

    The stuff they did though . . . the Russian Roulette thing. SERIOUSLY?! That lost this book major points for me.

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  13. I gave this book 4 and a half stars for the way it was written. I was gripped by how the whole story was told and less by what was actually happening with the book

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  14. Great review, I like the authors previous work but maybe I will hold off on this book for a while!

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  15. ah boo :( sorry to hear that this one fell short. Was looking forward to more of her writing.

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  16. I don't know why this book got under my skin, but I was so unhappy with it. But the writing was incredible, so it was a definite conundrum.

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  17. Too bad Panic didn't live up to the Delirium series. :-(

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  18. Great review. <3 I'm sorry you didn't love it. But glad you liked it :) Though.. I hated it so much that I couldn't even finish it :p Sigh. It was just.. too boring for me, and I didn't like any of the characters :\ but it do make me happy when other people enjoy it :) Anyway. Awesome review! Thank you for sharing. <3
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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  19. Thanks for the honest review! I may look into this depending on if/when I get the Delirium series read and what my reaction is to that. :)

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