Review: Panic

Panic - Lauren Oliver

“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.”- Goodreads

Wow! I loved this book.  First off I wanted to say I have so many feelings about this book. I loved our main Characters. The first character we meet is Heather who is at the start of panic to support her friend Natalie, but at the last minute she decides to play. I really sympathise for her with her family situations and I really like seeing what's in her head. Then there is Bishop who is super secretive and supportive of his friends. At first I did not like him, but he was really impressed with him as the story went along. He also has something to do with Panic.  Next is Dodge who we get to see part of the story from. He was one of the people who was picked on at school and also has bad family problems. He always knew he was going to play Panic, but it is not for the money, he wants revenge.  Finally there is Nattile who just wants to play for the money. I really don’t like her character she is deceitful, manipulative, a bit caring, and dimwitted. She is not the type of friend I would like to have.  I really liked how she did the duo point of view. When you do it right (this book) it makes so much sense and it weaves together right. This book did this and made the story so much better than I thought it would be. When you read a chapter from one person and then the next from the other character it gives so much suspense and mystery to the novel.

OMG! The challenges are so crazy. First the Jump to say you will compete in the  the Panic. Then they had to walk across a plank from one watertower to another. Though it did not count because the cops came. Next they had to steal something from the crazy-shooter’s house. Dodge, Heather and Natalie team up in the competition.Though Nat had a deal with both Heather and Dodge. Dodge went in but Heather goes in and find the bonus item. They barely escaped the house and Heather got the bonus points. The next challenge was to stay at a haunted house for as long as possible. The three stayed in a room until they smelled smoke. Dodge got Nat out who went to go get the fire department. Heather and Dodge stay behind and they wake up in a hospital when they find out they won the challenge.The next challange was crossing the hiway the fasted while blindfolded. Heather won that challange and Nat lost. There were five people left in the game. Then one of the competeters atacted the anoucer and was was eliminated from the game beacuse of this Nat was alowed back in the game. Now there was the individual challenges. Dodge found out who the Judge was. He was shocked to see Bishop was the first judge and made a trade with them. Dodge didn’t have to do his individual challenge. Bishop had Dodge help save Heather from her challange. Heather’s challange was to use the gun from the second challange to use it on herself and trust it wasent loaded. Dodge helped her by taking the bulitts out, like Bishop instructed him to. Then Nat’s challange was to stay in the tigier area for 10 seconds. She did not make it. so there were only three left Ray, Heather and Dodge. The last challange is when the competeters are in one lane floring twords eachother. This was what Dodge wonted to get ting revenge on Rays brother Luke who went up aganst Dodges sister Dana. That day two years ago his sister lost her ability to walk.Now he plans to destroy ray. He created an explosive and planed to switch cars with ray. Heather and Dodge make a plan together that heather would lose to him and he would split the money with her. Then Nat found out about his plan and stopped him with the help of Luke and Heather. She goes to the final challenge with Dodges car, but she does not know that the explosive is by the engine. when she is doing that challenge the car starts to flame and both her and Ray go of the road. Ray hit a tree and Heather got out safely before the  car exploded. The reason Ray swerved was because the missing tiger was in the middle of the road and heather was no longer affired. She went to it and she won the game. Also there was Heathers life outside the game her mom and stepdad are getting high and drinking. While Heather takes care of herself and younger her sister. Later in the book I love how Heather stands up to her mom and goes away. after awhile she endups at Ann’s. Ann’s her employer who has a ton of animals including tigers. Then I love her and Bishop. When he breaks the kiss and breaks her heart at Nat’s party I felt bad for her . Then when she found out about him being a judge it was sad seeing her all depressed after. Then he goes and turns himself in for the mansion fire. I loved the ending  Dodge and Nat as a couple and then Bishop and Heather as a couple. Bishop coming back every weekend for Heather and community service. Heather is going to school to be a vet. Nats taking acting classes in college. Heather and her sister are going to see their mom who was arrested.

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I have read two of her other books this year, but this book was the best. If you like suspense, stress, drama, a touch of romance and some mystery then I think you would like this book.I really enjoyed this book so it gets 5/5.

(Note: This is all my thoughts alone.)