Panic | Lauren Oliver

Panic is a young adult novel about a secret competition for graduating seniors in a small town. The winner gets to take a pot of about $67,000. The only catch is that the challenges are life-threatening and illegal. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I actually have no complaints about this book, which is rare. Usually I find at least one thing that could be improved upon. I’ll admit that when I first started reading this book, it reminded me of The Hunger Games or Scorpio Races—two books about teens competing in deadly challenges. However, Panic ended up being a book that holds its own. 
My favorite part about this book was how it incorporates panic. There is a strong fear of death, which everyone faces, during the competitions. The fear in the challenges is real, but it is also man-made. They could back out of the situation at any point—of course that means that they won’t win the money, but it is always an option. Then there is also panic that comes from real life situations—violence, drugs, disabilities, poverty—that can be easily washed away. Every person involved in the game of Panic also experiences some sort of real life panic which inspires their desperation to compete. 
I really loved this book. It was entertaining, not super predictable, and a book that I couldn’t put down. Many people categorize this as a dystopian novel, but it is more contemporary. And it is comprised of events that could actually happen in present day, so it’s not fantasy as some people have assumed. I would recommend it to anyone who loves stories that have a lot of action combined with a deeper message. 
If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 
 *****   5/5 Stars

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