Panic by Lauren Oliver
Heather’s life is certainly not what you would call “cozy.” With an absent dad and a mom who lives inside a bottle, Heather does what she can for her sister and herself.
She never thought she would complete in Panic.
Panic was a game for students who were newly graduated from their senior year. It happened during the summer and while the game itself was dangerous and frowned upon by adults and authority figures alike, the stakes were high with a high payoff. The games were dangerous and you could be killed, but if you chicken out you are out of the game… for some of the students, it is do or die… either way.
When home circumstances hit an all time low, Heather knows it is up to her to figure out a way to care for her sister and provide something better for themselves.
And this years Panic is paying out at an all time high.
Dodge does not fear Panic. He is sure that he can win and what he is hiding will be his motivation.
But Panic is filled with those with secrets….
For Heather and Dodge… there really is no choice. And along the way you never know what sort of alliances you can build, knowledge you can gain, and relationships that can make a world of difference.
I chose to listen to Panic because I have adored Loren Oliver’s past reads… Before I Fall, Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. She writes YA stories with great twists and turns which are a delight to read.
Panic was a great next step for her. With the excitement of Hunger Games (without that level of “you all must die!”) I found Panic to be an interesting look at what could go on underneath the proverbial watchful eye…
There are some interesting twists and turns in Panic, and while I can not say that it is a favorite of the Oliver books for me, it holds great potential. Rumor has it that is has already been snatched up by Paramount Pictures to be a movie. One that I would definitely go see.