Panic by Lauren Oliver



Title: Panic

Author: Lauren Oliver

Series Status: Standalone

# of pages: 408

My rating: 3/5 stars



From Goodreads

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 cannot help but be disappointed by this book. This story sounded really intriguing and a like a unique story for a contemporary so I was really excited but I was sadly pretty disappointed.

Firstly, this story is full of so many insane things that happen from this high stake game that I don’t know how anyone would ever be willing to partake but it definitely created the suspense to the story and ultimately is what kept me reading.

Then there were the characters who felt very flat to me. The whole story is centering around characters competing for a sum of money if they win Panic and while I really enjoyed the dual perspectives I found that I was not really connected to the main characters as I should be. This was conflicting for me since I really enjoyed Oliver’s writing style so I was hoping for more of a connection to the characters.

I do have to say that I really liked how the story was broken up into days so you could see the lead up to the next events and then experience them. It added a nice element to the story because otherwise I found the storyline pretty predictable.

Overall this book was such an exciting and suspenseful idea but ultimately did not follow through for me.

3 stars


7 thoughts on “Panic by Lauren Oliver

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I read my first Lauren Oliver book recently and I have to agree, her writing style is very, very good. She might have been writing about bread and it would still feel entertaining.
    I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy the book that much, though. The plot does sound very interesting yet that’s never a sure recipe for success.
    I really liked Before I Fall, though I also thought it was a bit cliché in places. Guess it’s a thing with this author.
    Great review! 🙂

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