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Panic

Oliver, Lauren (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000--enough money to start a new life"--
Authors: Oliver, Lauren, 1982-
Title: Panic
Published: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, , [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 408 pages ;,22 cm
Summary: "In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000--enough money to start a new life"--
Local Note: 1 2 3 4
ISBN: 0062014552
9780062014559
Branch Call Number: YA OLI
Statement of Responsibility: Lauren Oliver
Subject Headings: High school graduates Juvenile fiction. Risk-taking (Psychology) Juvenile fiction. Games Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: High school graduates
Risk-taking (Psychology)
Games
LCCN: 2013008472
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Jul 23, 2014
  • roze_reads rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

As someone who read and fell in love with Lauren Oliver's "Before I Fall," I have to say I've been disappointed both by this novel and her "Delirium" series. While I was able to finish this book without wanting to inflict grievous harm on anyone, I found that it was a lot less "action-y" than it tries to say it is. There was, however, numerous pages devoted to how much it sucks to live in a small town and have a drunk for a mother. While there isn't any thing wrong with that, this book isn't quite what it claims to be. The righting style was nothing like the beautiful and poignant prose the author employed wonderfully in "before i fall" and while there were some interesting moments, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Jul 17, 2014
  • livieb17 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I completely agree with emilyswartzer. This may be strange but i haven't even read the Hunger Games and i have heard very little about it but I felt that as i read Panic that it was simply another version of the Hunger Games. Just a less bloody one.

Also. . .
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http://www.hpl.ca/articles/hamiltons-next-top-novel

I thought this book was amazing and I couldn't put it down. I can see why people would see similarities between it and The Hunger Games but I think it's definitely worth reading because I don't really think they're the exact same at all. The author made it very unique and captures the attention of the reader. It has a surprise ending and is all throughout suspenseful. Along with the game Panic you get attached to the characters and enticed by their lives and their reasons for playing. There are high risks and ups and downs but its all worth 50,000 dollars... right?

If you win, the reward is 50,000. The cost could be your life. But all the high school students play it. So why panic?

Jun 24, 2014
  • ErinMWilson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was very compelling and I couldn't put it down. Lauren Oliver made me fall in love with the characters. It was thrilling, considering that it is the story of a bunch of teens in a run down town competing in life-threatening games with the hopes of winning the prize of more than fifty grand. I was so involved with the characters that by the end of novel I felt as though I was missing something and needed to know more about them and the resolutions that they find between themselves. There seems to be some kind of lack for closure at the end of the book, and I would love to read more about these characters.

Jun 19, 2014
  • barkylee15 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was very intrigued and read it very fast, but it wasn't as good as I know that Oliver can be. There seemed to be quite a few plot holes, and the transitions between narratives didn't always work for me. Still an interesting concept, although I personally do not understand putting your life in serious danger repeatedly and I am positive the town would have stopped this game much earlier.

Jun 11, 2014
  • lyndseyrunyan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is book is awesome! What would you do for $67,000? Would you spend the night in a haunted house? Would you cross a 4 lane highway with a blindfold on? In this small town, graduating seniors play a dangerous and sometimes illegal game in the summer with sometimes deadly results. This is a fast-paced teen thriller where teens push themselves to the limit. I loved the story and the setting is somewhere small town teens can relate to. Read this book on the beach this summer and you won't regret it!

NYPL Staff Pick
Heather and Dodge are just two of the contestants participating in a dangerous competition to win enough money to change their lives.

May 30, 2014
  • katrinka28 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I think I would give this one a 2 1/2 if possible. Not that it was a bad read, it just wasn't a book for me. I love Oliver's writing style and have enjoyed her previous YA books but this one just didn't capture my enthusiasm. I did not feel connected to the main characters Heather or Dodge. I unfortunately felt that it was rather predictable and at points found that I was "skim-reading" through till I found the good bits. "Panic" (the game played by recent high school graduates to prove their fearlessness and win a big pot of money) did not seem very realistic. I don't know, I just felt like a lot of the action was forced and a lot of the background was lacking. The resolution of the story was also very convenient, predictable and kind of anticlimactic for a novel set on the premise of taking huge risks.

In the end, recommended for: fast-paced action crowd, fans of Oliver, tiger-lovers?

Well emilyswartzer I am in the middle of this book and it is NOTHING at all like hunger games. I already want there to be a sequel.

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Jun 24, 2014
  • ErinMWilson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jun 11, 2014
  • lyndseyrunyan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 23, 2014
  • Clemence rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was a little too dark to be realistic. It took simple things to a whole new level, and I just couldn't get past the backstabbing, the twisted plot, and the lack of morals. However, it was very well written and I did read it very fast because it's enthralling and fast-paced. I usually love Lauren Oliver, but this one was a little too much for me.

Jun 11, 2014
  • lyndseyrunyan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What would you do for $67,000? Would you spend the night in a haunted house? Would you cross a 4 lane highway with a blindfold on? In this small town, graduating seniors play a dangerous and sometimes illegal game in the summer with sometimes deadly results.

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Jul 14, 2014
  • livieb17 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

'The wind lifted goosebumps on Heather's skin, but the sun was warm. She knew that this day, this feeling, couldn't last forever. Everything passed; that was partly why it was so beautiful. Things would get difficult again. But that was okay too.
The bravery was in moving forward, no matter what. Someday, she might be called on to jump again. And she would do it. She knew, now, that there was always light -beyond the dark, and the fear, out of the depths;there was sun to reach for, and air and space and freedom.
There was always a way up, and out,and no need to be afraid.'

Jun 27, 2014
  • bellacrysler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Go somewhere, I guess. Sixty-seven grand buys a lot of gas"

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