Review: ‘Panic’ by Lauren Oliver

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Panic’ by Lauren OliverPanic by Lauren Oliver
Series: Panic #1
Published by HarperTeen on 2014
Pages: 343
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
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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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.

reading progress



I have an open-door idiot policy on friendship.
I can’t keep her in my pocket, you know. She bites.
That’s how predators were. They sat back and waited, lured you into feeling safe, and then they pounced.
The game must go on.
So you don’t have to believe in anything. So you’ll have no excuse to fail.
You want everything to be shitty…so you’ll have an excuse to fail.
When you love someone, when you care for someone, you have to do it through the good and the bad. Not just when you’re happy and it’s easy.
But maybe you carried your demons with you everywhere, the way you carried the shadow.





  1. Jaime Lynn

    November 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I don’t think that I had read a thrilling contemporary until Don’t Look Back by J.L.A, and I wasn’t hoping for much with that one. I ended up loving the heck out of that one. So, this one being the same kind of beast, I think I am a lot more curious about it. And it sounds like it was well written and worth a read. So, yeah. I think I might have to read this one soon!

  2. Cali W.

    November 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Good review. I didn’t care for this book too much. I like Delirium though.

    • giselle

      November 8, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Yeah it wasn’t too exciting. Concept was cool though

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