My Star Rating: ★★★★☆
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end 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, 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 is the first of Lauren Oliver's books that I have ever read. It was BOOKSPLOSION's book of the month and on twitter we have been using the hash tag #DONTPANIC it is killing us grammar Nazis that twitter doesn't allow apostrophes in hash tags. Click here to go to the BOOKSPLOSION twitter page.
Panic is told from two points of view: Heather and Dodge. It was very interesting to have two completely different characters with completely different motives share there views on the same thing as well as share their views on each other.
Heather was a really great character you can tell she's not very happy at the minute, she's just been through a break-up and her family life isn't going so well. So when she jumps off the cliff to enter panic it's kind of an impulse thing. She realises that she needs the money to get out of Carp, leave the place she hates so much and just start again.
Most people preferred Dodge as there was a bit more too him and his motives were very interesting and throughout Panic you always felt like there was more to find out about him and more him to find out about himself, however he was a bit frustrating at points and sometimes I even found myself scared by his thirst for revenge.
A lot of people say they didn't like Nat because she was very shallow but I felt there was more to her than just a pretty, popular girl. I could tell that like the rest of the characters she was having a hard time and was very unsure about herself.
I found it really strange yet intriguing how in this town panic is everything, everyone one knows panic. They take it so seriously and there are all the unspoken rules and mysterious judges that can never be revealed.
I thought the air of mystery and suspense was brilliant and it was the intensity of the book which kept me gripped the whole time.
There is little I can say about this book without giving you spoilers so in conclusion Panic is an intense and gripping novel which you should definitely pick up.