Thursday, May 1, 2014

Out of the Cave and review on PANIC

Hello!

Yes, I know. I haven't posted AT ALL for the whole month of April. Zilch. Nada.

But I really needed a break. Getting ready to move, selling my house, and then there's all the regular craziness of life.

But it's May and I'm turning it all around with a review of PANIC.


Yes, I'll admit that the cover isn't exactly the loveliest. But, like they always say, don't judge a book by its cover.

Or its blurb, for that matter. After all, it Goodreads says:

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.

My first thought was HUNGER GAMES!, but it is actually very different.

Not only is the point of the game (feeling sheer fear or panic) different, the characters and plot also varied quite a bit from HUNGER GAMES.

I loved the plot. Not only did I find quite a few twists and turns hidden throughout it, but there were TONS of awesome moments. I'd rattle them off, but I don't want to ruin it! :)

I thought that Heather was a great character, although her "type" is nothing new; she is simply someone who wants to get away from her small hometown and substance-dependent mother. However, this fit into the story quite well. Dodge was a surprise and a little hard to figure out. I think I would have liked Dodge a little better if he was a little more developed in the beginning.  I got a good feeling for him two-thirds the way through, and I wish we could have connected earlier.

A little more Bishop, maybe a POV or something would have been EPIC, but I can deal with what Lauren Oliver gave me. And I understand why there isn't one. But, maybe a companion book?!

The characters were very real and had their flaws, which made them great.  You won't see this book showing up on any of these posts.

Not only that, but the writing was stunning. Not only was it addicting, it was fast-paced and never gave me a second to come up for air.

I really can't say enough good when it comes to this book. Lauren is a very talented writer.

Because of the so-so Dodge beginning, I'm going to give it a 4.85 out of 5.

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