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Panic by Lauren Oliver - Review by Emily, Teen Blogger

Panic- book coverAs a huge fan of Before I Fall and the Delirium series, I was naturally excited upon discovering that Lauren Oliver had a new book coming out this month. I read blogger Julia’s interview with the author and it pumped me up enough to make me go out and buy the book the day it was released. While it’s very different from her other books, Panic is sure to be Lauren Oliver’s next bestseller.

Every summer, Carp’s graduating seniors participate in Panic, a competition that tests the physical and mental capabilities of its participants. With over $50,000 to be won, the stakes are high for everyone involved. Heather never thought she’d participate, but a spur of the moment decision alters her summer and her life forever. Dodge has been waiting for his turn to play Panic for a chance to get revenge, and he fully intends to get it. Told in alternating third person perspectives from Heather and Dodge, Panic is the story of desperation, first love, and doing everything it takes to get to the top.

The writing, as per usual with Oliver, is excellent. Several times in the novel, I felt the fear that the characters did, as if the events in Panic were actually involving me. Oliver also builds up an extremely realistic world for her characters, defining the setting and her character’s voices to the point where Panic sucks you into its realm. One thing that I have always appreciated about Oliver’s writing is the way she has mastered the skill that our English teachers have preached for years: show don’t tell. Oliver is extremely talented at giving her readers all the information needed to draw their own conclusions without coming out and stating it forthright. Panic was no exception: Oliver flaunted her ability in this book as well.

Overall, Panic was an excellent book, but please try not to compare it to Oliver’s other books, particularly her Delirium series. The plots are extremely different, as are the settings, which would lead to a let-down if one were looking for a novel like Delirium. However, true to her form, Oliver delivers a stunning novel in Panic, which I say, is the perfect weekend read.

Happy Reading!

Emily, Teen Blogger


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