Friday, May 2, 2014
7:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
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.
The first book (Before I Fall) I read by Lauren Oliver I didn't care for. I liked the premise but something, somewhere, just didn't work for me. That was the case for Panic.
Panic has this great storyline. A small town with a competition based on fear where contestants actually die and the winner wins a crap load of money. Seriously, when I read the description, I thought, "Man, wouldn't it have been awesome to have something similar in my hometown (except maybe something a little safer). Then I started it and the idea of the story was so much better than the actual story. There was a disconnect from the story and the pacing was just too slow for my taste.
I didn't connect with any of the characters. I didn't find any of them likeable and all for different reasons. I felt like Heather spent a lot of the book feeling sorry for herself. Granted, she has a crappy home life and she does have the strength to get herself and her sister out of the situation but still I didn't feel like she was a strong character. I didn't understand Dodge at all. I get that he was angry and wanted revenge but the depth of it didn't really make sense.
The major problem I had with the book is that I didn't feel like the characters learned anything or grew from the experience. They did things that could have KILLED them, yet there were no real consequences. They didn't see how stupid their actions were. I can deal with stupid decision making if the characters either learn something or have a really good reason for it. However, that wasn't the case. None of them learned anything. Heather probably had the most reasonable reason for competing but still I didn't buy it.
The last problem I had was the narrator. Honestly, I was excited about having Sarah Drew as the narrator. I am a huge Grey's Anatomy fan and thought she would do a great job. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I kept thinking, April Keptner is in my ear and she was cussing which didn't make any sense. I guess that's not her fault but I also thought her narration was too exaggerated. She was a little too animated.
Overall, I was disappointed with Panic. Lauren Oliver has a beautiful way with words but unfortunately that wasn't enough to win me over in this book.
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