Goodreads Summary: 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.
Panic was such an adrenaline rush! I felt so immersed into Heather and Dodge’s world. I was quite surprised to find out that Panic did not receive as high of ratings as much as it should. Some readers called it “boring” and “disappointing”, but I thought Panic was so much more than that! Maybe it depends on the person because I live in a small town and I know it can get unbearably boring. I understood why the teens created Panic and also why they participated in it: they wanted to escape. I also see myself in Heather because I got why she wants to get the hell out of Carp. One is because of her little sister, Lily, and secondly she feels suffocated. Like so many other stupid things teenagers do when they are bored, I feel like Panic really brings out the best and worst in a small crowd of people who have grown to know each other over the years.
Panic was a game that came about from a group of bored teenagers in Carp. And, from then on, it became a dangerous tradition that resulted in injuries and deaths. Every summer, the recent high school graduates complete in a series of challenges. Over the 4 years of high school, every student would contribute money to create the winning prize amount. The seniors would go through dangerous tasks, each eliminating more and more players, until the winner was chosen to win the money. During this, two anonymous judges set the challenges and chose the winners. The story that Lauren Oliver created was so perfect! It was flawlessly built into a heart-pounding game that had me on the edge of my seat.
The thing I loved most about Panic was that the novel was not solely based upon the romance. Although romance was involved within the novel, the main theme of the novel was motivation, what motivates you to face your most terrifying fears. I thought Lauren Oliver did such a great job balancing both. The story is told through dual POVs. Heather and Dodge explain their story through alternating views.
Heather was such a strong girl. I saw her evolve the most in Panic. She changed from being a frail and shy teen into being a fearless badass! Like most people in Carp, Heather lives in a trailer park with Lily and their mother. Heather’s mother is more concerned with getting drunk and high, than caring for her own children. In spite of being outraged with her mother, Heather knew she needed to participate in Panic so she can provide a better life for Lily. She was definitely a worthy heroine.
Dodge was a little sketchy at first. He wanted to win Panic as a means for revenge and he was quite ruthless about it at first. But, then his priorities shifted and it no longer became about winning, but about making sure he and his friends survived the games. I liked him. He was sweet and loyal to those he cared about. And he proved himself as a worthy character with what he did at the end. I thought he was great!
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