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.
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What I liked: I liked the vibe half the time, the rest of the time it was a bit dark. I think that everything matched really well the setting, the characters, the games, and the suspense. There were a lot of really tense parts and some really crazy, like insane challenges that they had to do. Panic was interesting and took a bit to figure out exactly what it was, because when it's first introduced isn't explained a whole, you kinda jump in. Then you started learning more about it and wow...it's pretty intense. And scary, very scary. So it definitely keeps you reading. The characters are all very interesting and there are even tigers mixed in at some point ;)
What I didn't like as much: Like I said, it got a bit dark at times. It went past desperate and gritty into the depressing side. I think that the the genre and writing maybe just wasn't the kind I like. I mean the plot was good and my librarian friend loved this book. Lauren Oliver is a great author and I really enjoyed the Delirium series, so I think this is more of a miss for me and less of a miss for the book, because it was still good.
Overall, I liked this book. I did. There were a lot of interesting aspects to it and to the characters. It had a very gritty vibe to it, desperate sometimes as most of the characters weren't very well off. And this was definitely an exciting book. However I didn't always feel like I connected very well to the characters and it was also a bit dark or depressing in some spots. So I liked it, but I liked the Delirium series better and didn't quite get into the book as much as I had hoped I would.