Panic by Lauren Oliver
It was the synopsis of this book that I found so gripping, I immediately had to get it! I had never read a Lauren Oliver book but i’d always been interested in giving them a try (which i will definitely be doing more of)
This book takes place in summer in a small and poor town called Carp. (misread this as crap multiple time) Every school day you donate a dollar and at the end of the year that is the pot. If you win the game, you win the money. In this case it was around $60,000+. Only seniors that just graduated are the ones to play panic. There are a variety of difficult challenges and tasks that are terrifying and illegal. The seniors risk their lives, competing out of desperation and the seek of revenge.
Panic is played in secrecy, you must not get caught.
Heather and Dodge are both participants of Panic, both succeeding in the first challenge – cliff jumping, a traditional way of entering panic. It is written in dual perspective while maintaining the omniscient voice of the third person narrator and speaking at both Heather and Dodges perspective which changes back and forth each chapter.
Panic is an explosive read about overcoming fear, courage, survival, hope and love. Its a YA contemporary read that was excitingly new and fresh, i loved it. I found it predictable at times but it’s a gripping read that kept me up last night. I feel as if Panic could of been longer since some parts of the story were a little rushed but other than i loved it! 4 out of 5 stars, recommended to you allllll 🙂
The stakes are high and the pay off is even higher
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