Panic by Lauren OliverPanic by Lauren Oliver


byLauren Oliver

Hardcover | March 4, 2014

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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope that Kirkus Reviews says "will have readers up until the wee hours," School Library Journal raves is "fast-paced and captivating," and E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars, calls "a thrill a minute."

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand 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. 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.

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic,andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy:Delirium, Pandemonium,andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers:T...
Title:PanicFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062014552

ISBN - 13:9780062014559


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overhyped I kind of hated all the characters, especially after the "twist". It just wasn't my cup of tea, but maybe if you're into angsty teens?
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this this! I love Lauren Oliver and this book feels a bit different than the rest of hers.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another good read from Lauren Oliver I really enjoyed panic. It was similar to Nerve which I read earlier this year. It was a quick read and I had a hard time putting it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick stand alone book If you are in need of a break from reading book series, then this is a book for you to pick up the next time you head to the book store. All the characters in this novel are real and interesting in their own unique way, they are not the privileged rich teenagers you find in most books. Their lives are believable and heart wrenching, this is what makes these characters relatable. I really liked how the author told each of the back stories as to why Heather, Natalie and Dodge were motivated to win Panic. The win would help each of them in some way with the issues they are all dealing with. I found myself rooting for each one of these characters to win Panic at one point or another in this book. I found the idea of Panic intriguing however some of the challenges are so extreme you can't believe people take part. However the win of $67,000 is what drives each of the teens to compete. Panic is almost constant action and excitement. I would recommend Panic to anyone who would like a quick stand alone read.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked this I liked this book, it did keep my interest. it was not my favourite Lauren Oliver book but it was still a good read. Lauren Oliver is an amazing author and everyone should just read all her books <3
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good read It was a unique concept that managed to keep me interested.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked this I really loved the concept of this book, even if it is a little bit unrealistic. I also liked the characters a lot.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This book was overhyped and I got disappointed half way through. Read this a long time ago and do not think it's worthy of re-reading in the future...
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overhyped... World Building: ok /Characters: didn't really connect /Romance: not really /Pace: ok... /Feels: nervous at times /Able to put down: at times /Worth the read: it was interesting and I wanted to now what would happen but that was the only thing pushing me to keep reading...
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So so Not her best but not her worst, still enjoyable
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good but not great A solid read but I did not get hooked into it the way I did in some of her other novels
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Panic (Panic #1) by Lauren Oliver The name of the game is Panic, the name of the book should be Desperation, because this book is a psychological study of despair, anger, revenge. It's about the claustrophobia of growing up poor, the seething fury of revenge, the fear of a future you cannot contemplate. It is about love and loss, friendships and broken hearts; it is a literal rite of passage in a small town. This was such a fun read! The only problem I had was that I didn't really feel for any of the characters. I also wasn't a huge fan of the ending.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down, one of my all time favorites! Literally, if you are looking for a action, adventurous, thriller y/a, GIVE THIS BOOK A READ! the characters are so intriguing! Finished this in 2 days, couldn't put it down, absolutely amazing. I applaud Lauren Oliver
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Contemporary Out There I picked this one up at the library, read it that night, and dropped it off at 1:00a.m. because I knew there was a waiting list for it. It did not disappoint me in the least. High school seniors do a lot of stupid shit. I was a reckless, 17 year old with something to prove at one point in my life. And I think one of the marvels of this is how real both Heather's and Dodge's voices are. Both start playing panic for similar but different reasons: Heather's boyfriend has just broken up with her and she needs to numb the pain; Dodge's reason is a bit more hidden but we come to find that it is because of what happened during the Panic game that affects his family. I was rooting for both of them to win while hoping that they would come to realize that there are other -- and better -- ways to get revenge on life for being shitty (for lack of better terms). I liked the idea of Panic as well. There are game makers behind it that choose the challenges that are dangerous enough that not everyone will play but not too dangerous that everyone who tries will die. There is a fine line when it comes to what they include and I thought it was executed perfectly. I thought the challenges were also ones that could be easy for anyone in any town to think of and do without them being so extravagant that the 17 year old game makers couldn't have thought of them on their own. I liked that there was some mystery to this one as well -- who are the game makers? why are they choosing these challenges? how can they choose who the game makers will be without people knowing?? But they were all answered along the way and added a whole other dimension to this story. I also really liked that there was more happening than just the Panic game. Dodge had some issues at home with his sister and mother and trying to get past his anger and resentment. Heather lived with a deadbeat mother and had to take care of her sister while ensuring the best future for herself. I liked that people rallied behind the both of them to help them realize that their problems -- while mountains, not mole hills -- were still easy to overcome if you had people in your life that supported them. There was so much going on in this story other than just the game of Panic, which added so much to the story and made it feel more real. Overall: 4/5 stars. Honestly one of the best books I have ever read. The ending was a bit rushed in my opinion but it was so well thought out. I'm disappointed it was a standalone and not a series. Lauren Oliver really delivers with this one.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read about Real Life This book is really good for people going through transitions in their lives. It has characters form all different walks of life trying to overcome their inner demons all trying to attain the same goal: a different life. Really good for young adults! I personally really like her "Before I Fall Better", but they fall along a similar style and time period! Pretty good book!
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's hard for me not slip into spoilers with this book, so I'm just going to say: READ IT! Okay, I'm just going to start by saying that this is by far my favourite summer read so far! I loved this book. I could not put it down. The story is told from the point of view of Heather and Dodge (although Heather is definitely the main character). They are acquaintances, joined together by a dangerous, high stakes game called "Panic". The pacing in this book was excellent. It is on par with Oliver's other works (Delirium and Before I Fall being my favourites). There is tons of adventure and danger, a bit of romance, a splash of mystery and a lot of true angst. I fell in love with the main character, Heather, and her struggles with a difficult home life, the adjustments a new high school graduate makes and her changing relationship with her best friend, Bishop. It's hard for me not slip into spoilers with this book, so I'm just going to say: READ IT!
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What crazy games they play In a small town of Carp, the high-school seniors play a game called Panic. A game so dangerous some players even died. The pay-off can be huge with a pot of money so big that these teens can jump-start their lives. Told in dual point of views, we unravel the secrets that this little town of Carp is hiding. Heather and Dodge are both such different entities. Their characters so different, yet the same. Both willing to risk their lives to play and win, they get desperate enough to cheat. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this and I was surprised that it was a contemporary mystery. Lauren writes very realistic characters and that's one of her strong assets when writing. Panic is no exception. She writes Heather and Dodge extremely well. I felt like they were real people. They're not perfect at all and you notice their progress from the very beginning. The pacing is perfect and it had me turning the pages. It's also a pretty fast read because I wanted to know who ends up winning the entire game. It's a little predictable but I guess it worked out that way. As for the game itself, I found myself gasping at what they had to do. Downright dangerous, I knew I wouldn't be able to attempt any of them. Recommended for anyone looking for a thrilling contemporary mystery that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I've declared my undying love for Lauren Oliver before (and her books), so here's your fair warning that I'm predisposed to like her new books. Her writing style is magical (even if her book doesn't have any magic), her stories are intoxicating, and Panic is no exception. Panic is eerie in the way that it depicts a story I can't imagine, yet makes it believable. That's a tricky thing to accomplish, but it's important because I felt invested in the outcomes of these characters which made Panic an exciting read that I couldn't put down. Reasons to Read: 1. Convincing characters: I remember reading the description for Panic when it first came out a while ago, and I wasn't too sure what to think of it. The description itself doesn't really grab me, and I was curious about what kind of world-building I'd find. The answer is that there isn't too much - the world in Panic seems to be the same one I live in. And I was a bit skeptical that Panic wouldn't convince me that these teens, these characters would risk their lives and do something so crazy - I wasn't too sure I'd buy into the idea of the Panic game existing in a town for such a long time. But Lauren Oliver brilliantly tells the story of a handful of teenagers who have their own purpose for participating in Panic. She convinced me that their participation was a plausible course of action, and then she convinced me to care about these characters and what happens to them (as she so often does in her books). 2. Fast-paced, non-stop action: The story in Panic is told around this breathless hysteria and because there are so many secrets about Panic and my need for resolution for these characters, I found it difficult to put Panic down and take a break from reading. It captured my attention from the very beginning and held it until I read the last page. But I also appreciated that there was a clear resolution and end to the story. It isn't perfect, but ti's there which felt very important to me when reading a standalone book. 3. Some truly surprising twists: Panic easily has some of my favourite plot twists that I have ever read. They're slowly hinted at so that the reader can figure things out before Dodge or Heather, but I like that slow, controlled type of reveal. It was just so well-orchestrated and it really enhanced the story, in my opinion. And as much as I liked this overall, there were a few events which were far too coincidental for my taste. And when they occurred at the end of the big, there wasn't nearly enough of an explanation which left me with a few too many questions. While I don't mind an open-ended resolution which leaves me with plenty to ponder, this just seemed to be too rushed as opposed to entirely thoughtful. But this story is such a rush and I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure Panic gave me! I purchased a hardcover copy for myself.
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this I enjoyed this book. This was my first Lauren Oliver books and it was fun to read. Panic follows the lives of Heather and Dodge in duel perspective. Panic is about the game called Panic in the town of Crap, each year after graduation the high school graduates are eligible to participate in this game. Panic is illegal in Crap but recent grads continue to play disregarding the fact that each year during the games kids get injured from the dangerous challenges they need to face in order to win. At the end of the game of Panic the winner will win the pot, which is the most it's ever been since Panic has been around. The pot is obtained by each senior student donating a dollar every school day. Donations of each senior student isn't mandatory, however if a student doesn't participate in donating someone never specified harasses the student (locker sabotage, etc.) until they start donating their share. The challenges are spread out during the summer after graduation and in addition to the group challenges each play needs to pass their individual challenge as well. Panic isn't just about the game, it also has it's familial aspects. Each character mentioned in this book has some sort of family problem. Which I liked because it made more sense why these recent graduates have decided to participate in this dangerous game. Theres a story behind just playing the dangerous game. I liked this book, I thought it was interesting and enjoyable. There were the moments when I wanted more suspense during the challenges or when something was being hinted and reviled. Lauren Oliver doesn't allow the reader to read in suspense and anticipation for long at all. She only allows the reader to process and think about what was just hinted and within sentences a dead give away if revealed. I really enjoyed this though, I read it in a couple of days. If you enjoy contemporary/ YA romance with some adventure then I would recommend this to you.
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from MajiBookshelf Panic seemed like a dystopian book for me, but it really isn't. It is CONTEMPORARY you guys! Anyways, Panic is a game that graduating seniors in the town of Carp play. Panic is a game that tests your abilities, fears, and determination. It's not for nothing though, because the last person surviving (not literally), wins a big money prize. Heather, the main protagonist never thought she would ever find herself competing in Panic, but she is. For Heather, it was just a random impulse of hers to participate, yet others are competing for other reasons. Like Dodge, the other main character, is playing for something. He is determined to win, and is determined to take someone down. The book is told in two POV's, Heather and Dodge. As I first read the book, it started off immediately with the game, which I found kind of weird. I was a bit confused and expected there to be an explanation, but no worries, because everything is explained later on. There are quite a few characters in this book, but I'm going to have to admit I wasn't a huge fan of them. I felt like the plot of the book grabbed me more than the characters did. I couldn't really care that much about Dodge or Heather, I just wanted to know what happens next. As I read on, I was glad that this wasn't a dystopian book. I liked the idea of the dangerous "game" Panic, in a normal world. It just felt like something a couple of teenagers would want to do these days, for some twisted reason. This book was also very fast paced, I just couldn't put it down. Lauren Oliver had a way of grasping me and getting me sucked in the story so well, I was so sad to see it end. Did you know this is also a standalone? I was happy and notsohappy. First of all, I was happy because I finally read a STANDALONE and I don't have to wait for how many years to read the second. I was notsohappy because I wanted more! Anyways, maybe if it was a series it would have just dragged on and not have been good. Therefore, I am happy with the results. Overall, this was a fantastic read which definitely got me out of my reading slump! The story picks up from the start, and just never gets boring. There are diverse characters and many incidents that will leave you shocked. Fans and non-fans of Lauren Oliver will definitely enjoy this book, even if you think you won't. I went in expecting something but got something entirely different, and I'm not complaining! I haven't read such a good book in so long, and I finally did! Great job once again, Lauren Oliver! *claps*
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books I'm really not sure sure what I think about Panic. I feel almost indifferent to it, although there were a lot of aspects that I did like. Panic is told in dual perspectives between Heather and Dodge. Both characters have tough lives, but I really connected with Heather more. She comes from a broken down trailer park where her mother is a drug addled, useless woman and Heather is basically responsible for her little sister Lily. Oliver did a good job of creating a situation where I felt sympathetic to Heather's situation, as well as Dodge, but she really fell short on creating a character that I sympathized with. I really felt like neither of them had any substance to them whatsoever. Almost as if someone were reading their parts aloud, they would have been completely monotone. And it really threw me off for the whole story. The game itself was crazy. The tasks they had to do ranged from crossing a busy highway blindfolded to playing Russian Roulette and when a new task came up, I couldn't put the book down because I was so curious what would happen next. The love interests didn't work for me either. I went into the book assuming Heather and Dodge would get together and that isn't the case but who they did end up with was so far from working for me. There was no connection and no spark between anyone! They were all so blah.  Panic had a lot of potential for me, but ultimately it fell really flat.
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fears + Betrayal + Revenge + Money = Panic In the small town of Carp, a town of only 12,000 people, a game was born out of boredom. A dangerous game with a huge payoff if you make it to the end. Only seniors can play and it's kept top secret though everyone knows about it. Those who participate do so for their own reasons but mostly these reasons seem to be to get the prize money and get out of town. Heather had no plans to enter the race and play the game but the night it begins circumstances propel her to join in and different circumstances compel her to make it to the end. Throughout the game new friendships are made, old ones are betrayed, love is lost and found while our players are facing numerous and varied fears, not just within the game but also within their individual lives. This is one of those stories you read late into the night, savouring each morsel, wanting to know how it ends while not actually wanting it to end. Lauren Oliver has several titles to her name and her delirium Trilogy is a favourite of mine though Panic would now be my second favourite. If you ever have the chance to visit with Lauren at a signing I would suggest you go as she is a dynamic and vivacious story teller in person as well as on the page.
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but lacked tension Panic is a game played by just graduated teenagers of Carp. Anyone brave enough to play has the chance to win a lot of money. Heather wants a life for her and her sister far away from their mother. Dodge can't let anyone know the real reason he's playing the game. It's a summer full of unexpected allies, secrets, and danger. The game, Panic, reminds me of a bigger version of Fear Factor. To announce their intentions to play, each person must jump off a cliff into the water below and the challenges get steadily harder and more dangerous. This is something I could easily see happening, maybe not to the extreme in the book, but the idea's not too out there. My biggest problem with the game was the balance of tension during the challenge scenes. Sometimes it was there and other times it wasn't. I wasn't sure about Heather at first but I enjoyed her more as the book went on. She wasn't always likeable or nice, none of the characters were, but I actually liked that. Three of them are playing this deadly game with one winner so if they'd all been nice and forgiving and helpful to each other, it would have undermined exactly how badly they each wanted to win. Dodge I grew to like less as the book went on and he become more intense and obsessed. The sub-characters, Nat and Bishop, weren't the focus but still got enough attention to have their own storylines that I enjoyed, even seeing them from Heather and Dodge's POVs. I did feel at times that the change of POVs was a little abrupt, like a building up the tension scene in Heather's POV then all of a sudden it's the next day in Dodge's POV and all the tension that was building is lost. And the lack of parents/adults did bug me, as did the missing time between the end of the last chapters and the epilogue where a lot seemed to happen and characters, one in particular, came to terms with things. So far this is my favorite Lauren Oliver book. It was fast-paced and hard to put down. It's easy to see why the movie rights have already been bought. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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