How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hodder & Stoughton


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.


I was really looking forward to reading Panic. I really like Lauren Oliver’s writing. I thought it was a really interesting concept as well. I thought Panic was an okay read, but it fell short for me. I think it’s because I didn’t really have a ‘Wow!’ moment. It milled along nicely, but didn’t really stand out for me. For some reason, I thought Panic was a dystopian read. It’s not. It definitely has a contemporary feel about it. There’s nothing wrong with that, I like a bit of contemporary! Panic is a game played by seniors. The contestants have to go through a series of challenges until one is left. The prize money is huge, so everyone wants to win.

The story alternates from two perspectives. Dodge and Heather’s. They are both quite lonely characters, for different reasons. Dodge is isolated from the rest of his peers, as he cares for his sister who was paralysed in a previous year of Panic. Heather has suffered a recent break-up and wants to win Panic to prove to her ex-boyfriend that she’s not a loser.

Panic is quite a long book. I felt myself really lose interest about halfway through the book. I think the action was incredibly spaced out and this didn’t capture my attention.

I do have to really commend Lauren for writing a book so different to everything else she’s had published. She’s clearly a talented writer, but for me, Panic wasn’t quite what I was looking for.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
It Felt Like A Kiss- Sarra Manning

8 thoughts on “Panic

  1. I actually had this one to read (and I was so excited) but forgot to download it to my kindle >.<

    I loved Before I Fall, her writing is so unique and beautiful. But I see myself having the same issues you did– if a book is LONG, it needs to keep my attention the whole time or I skim.

    Great review, hon!

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