ARC Review – Panic by Lauren Oliver

Title: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: No
Source: ARC Tour from On the Same Page ARC tours

Description from Goodreads:

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.


This book was received as part of an ARC tour from On the Same Page ARC tours.

I had heard some mixed reviews on Panic, but since I liked Before I Fall and the premise sounded interesting, I decided to give it a chance. At the time that I’m writing this, it’s been about 2 weeks since I finished Panic, and I don’t remember too much about how I felt about it, so it obviously wasn’t wonderful or terrible.

I think I vaguely liked it, though it wasn’t exactly what I expected. I guess I thought, since it’s titled Panic, that it would be more about the game with some contemporary aspects, rather than a more contemporary novel with the game added in.

I had a little bit of a hard time getting into Panic because of the narrators. I liked Heather, but I didn’t really connect with Dodge. I just didn’t find him to be a relatable character, which made it hard to read his sections.

Overall, I guess I just don’t have too much to say about Panic. It was a decent story, but it definitely didn’t reel me in like Before I Fall did.

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One thought on “ARC Review – Panic by Lauren Oliver

  1. amandasnoseinabook May 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Sometimes it’s good to wait a little while after reading a book before you review it. Then you really can remember the impression that the book made on you.

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