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Title : Panic
Author : Lauren Oliver
Rating : 3.5 Stars!!!
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins
ISBN : 0062014552 (ISBN13: 9780062014559)
Source copy : National Bookstore 

 Synopsis :

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.

Source  : Goodreads

"I played for you."

The idea of Panic is simple. Simply deadly and nerve-wracking. Panic, as the game itself names already catched my attention. Feels like there will be an immense and horrifying scenes that will make the book unique. Knowing Lauren Oliver from her Delirium series, the love-is-a-sickness theme suddenly jumps through the fence straight into a forbidden game kind of spinned me off. I was usual into her sweet and endearing words of romance then suddenly, i was engulfed on this game that wrecks me out.

To be honest about it, the game Panic is not just about facing your fears. Panic is a game of testing your obligation the moment the players start joining it, there are series of actions which are validated with the judges according to their moves. To add more of it, Panic is also about how generally you are afraid to take your chances of living. So it is pretty much joining a club full of darkness.

Of course, a game won't be so enticing if there won't be any alliance involved and as soon as I read Panic, the allegiance were quite exceptional yet mind-boggling. Because at first, it brought me confusion how the characters easily made an alliance. But when I reached into the point of executing the tasks, I realized how allegiance can move them up and improve their risks on losing Panic.

On a starting point, Heather looks like a fragile character for me. She created a cloudlike thoughts full of pain, rejections, revenge, recognition and money. All of it felt like a necessesity for her to overcome it one by one but I think it was like to obtain it in just one blow. Panic possess all of it. The winner gets to be one of the bravest human able to withstand his/her fears flawlessly and the reward is absolutely mouth-watering - Money. But as the story swifts on, her character became fierce and full of determination not just to win, but to gain something that is untouchable yet recognizable by all means - Bravery.

Although I was waiting for any morbid fragments of the game, the idea itself on facing their worst fears without any doubt already acknowledged my attention. It is not just Heather that swifts me on the story, I also felt the fears and doubts of other players like Bishop and Dodge. The players delivers promising challenges in order to win and I liked their unusual strategy to overcome their fears.

The characters existence contains no brakes. Their beliefs to survive and fight are tempting. Even though they have same goal, which is to win in Panic, each of them have deeper reasons on joining. An infinite flame the burns them to keep on pushing in order to win is amazing. Though there are some point that seems to overrreact them, I find it reasonable given that they have reasons to win the game.

Panic is not simply a game of winning a pot of gold and a moment of recognition, it is also about defeating another players and letting them smack all the shame and lost of being weak. If you wanted to read something that will quickly let you see how fears are made and overcome, better check on this one. You'll see revenge in its most splendid manner, this is the main part of Panic. 

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  1. I've been meaning to read this (and Delirium) ever since I read and loved Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall... and reading through your review, I'll definitely go pick it up once I drop by the bookstore sometime this week :3

    1. Delirium series is <3 !!!
      Panic is really a nice book to read :D
      so glad you dropped by on my blog. :)))