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Mar 4, 2014

ARC Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 416
Buying links: Amazon/ B&N/ TBD
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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 received this ARC in exchange of my honest review. Thank you!***

Panic is the new contemporary novel by Lauren Oliver.
I read Panic some months ago, exactly when I was approved to the e-ARC. By those days I was really thrilled to be approved to read this book, which I’ve been dying to read since I first heard about it.
And now I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint.

Panic is an action packed roller coaster. It’s narrated in dual POV from Heather and Dodge. They have different reasons to play the game, and it made the plot more interesting.
For starters, the first line of this book is really intriguing; it drew me in as soon as I understood what was happening.
Panic is not like the other Lauren Oliver books I read, except for the incredible writing and the well developed characters.
The first thing I realized while reading Panic is that the two narrators weren’t the “couple” of the book. Lauren Oliver created a different kind love story from what I was expecting. It wasn’t totally unexpected, either, but it was different and it made me like the book even more.
The romance wasn’t the main topic of the book, but when it came, I adored it.

The plot was entertaining and realistic, I can easily picture teenagers doing those kinds of stupid things because they’re too bored or they need the money.
It put me on the edge of my seat.
The fog of mystery in Panic, the challenges, the creators, and the game itself was well created. I was yearning to know more, to discover all the secrets.
Even though the ending wasn’t absolutely unexpected (I saw it coming), I liked the way the things ended. It fitted perfectly with all pieces of information that the author gave us throughout the book.

Panic is a wonderful standalone. It blew me away. It’s a fast paced read with amazing characters, a wonderful writing and a plot that will surprise you and leave you breathless.

“It was so strange, the way that life moved forward: the twists and the dead ends, the sudden opportunities. She supposed if you could predict or foresee everything that was going to happen, you’d lose the motivation to go through it all. The promise was always in the possibility.”


  1. Glad this one lived up to the hype for you =) I'm excited to read it! That's cool that the two narrators aren't the romantic couple of the story, not sure I've seen that before…

  2. I hope you like it, I really did!

  3. I'm glad to hear you liked this one so much, I've read other reviews that weren't so positive for this book.

  4. So glad you enjoyed this one! Unfortunately, this was a bust for me. I was really bummed. Better luck next time :)

  5. I'm so glad to see such a good review for Panic! At first I was seeing all good reviews, then all of a sudden I was seeing all negative reviews. So I'm glad to see another positive one. I really want to read it, but all of the bad ones had me kinda scared!


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