Book Review–Panic by Lauren Oliver

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Sorry for the lack of posts this week. Had a computer malfunction. Still struggling to get everything restored so until further notice, I will only be posting Book Reviews and What I’m Working On. Thank you for your patience!

 

This is the 45th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Panic by Lauren Oliver
Published January 1st 2014 by HarperCollins

 

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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I really wanted to like this one. The overall concept sounded neat and I like Lauren Oliver’s writing, but I just couldn’t get into this one. It was hard to connect to the characters and to the story, even though there were times where I felt bad/could sympathize with what was going on. Some scenes, like the opening, were hard for me to picture.

This book dragged for me most of the time, though there were parts that perked my interest–mostly toward the end or any scenes with Anne and the tigers.

The overall idea was cool, but I just didn’t care enough about the characters or the plot.

 

 

 

2halfstars

 

 

 

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