Synopsis: 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.
Alright.... review time!
Im not really sure how I feel about this book... Im stuck somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating.
Y'all should know that Im a HUGE Lauren Oliver fan. Like 100% obsessed with her writing which is why Im really confused. Ive heard a lot of mixed reviews about this novel so I was totally stoked to read it for myself. It was a lot different then I thought it would be. Truthfully, I was a little disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, I still really liked this book. I was just expecting a 6 star book.
I think the thing that really grabbed me the most was the storyline and plot. I think that Panic is so unique and there are so many stories that could be make from this idea. I loved the intense events the characters had to participate in. I did find that it was a little hard to believe that it was only this specific years Panic game that caused the cops to get involved though. I liked the action and the switch between the characters perspectives.
I am sorry to admit though, I wasn't the biggest fan of the characters. I think that is the main reason why I didn't fully connect with this book. I didn't find that the characters were that deep. I guess what Im trying to say is that I didn't find them to memorable. I didn't understand why they did things or acted in specific ways. I didn't really care what happened to them, I just wanted to know who would win. The only character that I really felt a connection with was Heather because I felt bad about her home life. I give her a lot of credit for just taking her sister and leaving. I hated Nat and I felt like she was a bit of a brat. Dodge was ok I guess. Its admirable that he was trying to get revenge for his sister but he should have been there to support her, not ruin someone else's life. I did like Bishop though! He was cute and it was nice to see how much he cared for Heather.
I could go on and on about this books pros and cons. I liked the plot and the small town feel etc, but I just didn't connect with the characters! Maybe my opinion will change once I reread some parts and think about it more but as of right now, Im disappointed that I didn't like it more.
Happy reading nerds and sound off in the comments with your opinion and perspective on this novel! :)