Panic – Lauren Oliver
I picked this because it reminded me of this:
but oh dear God, even if you aren’t reminded of The Smiths you need this in your life
I haven’t had a book hangover this bad in forever, like, I read it in one sitting and even after I was done, I sat cradling the bloody thing and rocking while my eyes groaned with weariness and the fact that I had to be at work in another six hours and my body rushed with adrenaline. I’m not making any sense, still hungover. Sorry.
Accurate visual representation of me during this book:
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 really need to reign it in if I’m going to convince you to read this. I don’t really know how to describe the utter brilliance of panic. It is gripping, so heartpoundingly amazing that no matter how tired you are, you cannot stop with this book.
I’ve not read any of Lauren Oliver’s others, I have the Delirium books on my TBR list, so I don’t know if this fast paced, slap to the face type romp is what all her books are like, but honestly, I don’t have a bad word to say about it. I even gave it five stars on goodreads, which is practically unheard of.
The book is exciting, thrilling and intense, the characters are likeable, dislikeable and raw. If you love Lauren Oliver, if you hate her, regardless, this book is undeniably brilliant. It is a story that makes you fell alive, even if you are (as I was) reading it in bed.
There’s nothing more that I can say, just read it.
In fact, when I come across a book that fills me with this weird evengelical zeal that convinces me that the shattered world will never be put together unless and until all living humans read this book, I mark it as having the Nick Fury Seal of Approval and this one definitely falls into that category.