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.
I had heard a lot of god reviews about Oliver’s books. I managed to pick Panic up as a paperback and had it on my shelf a while.
It whispered to me to play the game and take the chance from high up the last time I was choosing a book to read.
I love the front cover of the book. Really straightforward and simple but effective and just my kind of thing. I began reading the book, flicking through the pages with vigour, silently willing it to go a certain way…but everything kept shifting and changing and the characters were not performing as I expected, which was good. I swiftly became hooked anticipating the next challenge rooting for Heather to win.
Heather had my full support, she was a lost floundering soul looking for a better reality with the bonus of being loved. No matter how the story unfolded or how the game concluded I was determined she would achieve her goal. Heather was a special character with her heart firmly in the right place.
No matter how the story unfolded or how the game concluded I was determined she would achieve her goal.
Dodge is striving for vengeance, an eye for an eye. The love for his sister is heart warming but his anger overspills into rage and cold hearted calculating revenge. He is a walking time bomb with the attitude of winning only to destroy another persons life. Is Dodge really the character we believe him to be? You need to read the book…no spoilers can be found here.
He is a walking time bomb with the attitude of winning only to destroy another persons life.
Bishop is my favourite, he was a super cute person without trying, or at least that was how his character had been written to be. He was the strength of the story and the glue that held the group together. Bishop is Heather’s sanity.
The price is high, the challenges tough and no-one is keen to back down or shy away no matter what. Would you play and at what price?
Panic is one of those books you could easily see on the screen. It is vivid and wild yet tender and soul searching all at the same time.
I think you should read it. I recommend you do.