Monday, March 24, 2014

Panic by Lauren Oliver Review

Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ARC
Page Count: 408 pages
Source: Publisher


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.


Review:

I just guess Lauren Oliver books aren't just for me. 

Panic takes place in the summer of Carp. I say this is definitely 100% not dystopian/utopian but a contemporary. So just imagine you in your high school years and seniors are doing Panic. Panic is tradition that started 7 years ago. Everyday of the school year, students have to give a dollar. Basically it's like a bully taking your lunch money everyday for the rest of the year. With all that money gathered, if you win Panic, you will all the money.

Only seniors get to participate and it's basically challenges. These are dangerous and very much illegal but t these students are willing to do anything for $67,000. To sum up Panic, its a game of fears. You can legit die from them or get seriously hurt. 

It's told in two different point of views and just like Oliver's other books, it didn't grasp me very well. It was mostly her writing style. I am not use to it and I don't really like poetic novels that much. The ending was rushed and I really wanted to see more if it was stretched a little longer and we won't get a second book since this is a stand-a-lone.  
  
ARC provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen

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