by Lauren Oliver


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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a captivating, thrilling novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope that will leave readers gasping for air.

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062014566
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 112,335
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.”

Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

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Panic 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PANIC is a wonderfully written book that taps into an almost animalistic, uncontrollable need to chase something: change, a dream, a fresh start, hope, even revenge. PANIC tells the story of teenagers fearlessly giving their blood, sweat, tears, and lives, not just for the chance to win each challenge, but to hold onto the hope that it's not too late and anything is possible-- that the power to change their lives is just a summer away. Lauren Oliver writes their determination and seeming recklessness with a beautiful understanding that the desperation and fear of remaining hopelessly trapped is more powerful than the fear of risking their lives. I highly recommend it for all YA readers. The novel that will leave you marveling at the insanity and absurdity of their life-threatening game, while simultaneously understanding and empathizing with the desires that lead the characters to such choices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think PANIC is my favorite of Lauren's books. First off, I'm happy this is a standalone, which forces the pace and plot to ramp up dramatically and then reach a satisfying conclusion by the end of the book. I also enjoyed that Panic wasn't overly focused on romance, though there were some romantic scenes, and that it stayed grounded in the very realistic, gritty small town of Carp. I grew to like both main characters, Heather and Dodge, very much. I was especially invested in Heather's story, her troubled relationship with her family, and the just-slightly-magical element of her friendship with Anne. It's easy to picture this book being made into a movie -- Lauren's descriptions are so vivid. The cold rush of quarry water, the adrenaline pumping, the danger, the other kids watching each challenge from the sidelines... all beautifully written and evocative. Highly recommended!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Thrilling, unpredictable, and full of secrets, Panic was a fantastic YA read. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book. Absolutely wonderful! Panic was a game that came about from a group of bored teenagers. And, from there, it became a dangerous tradition that resulted in injuries and deaths. Every summer, the recent high school graduates complete in a series of challenges. Over the 4 years of high school, every student would contribute money to create the winning prize amount. The seniors would go through dangerous tasks, each eliminating more and more players, until the winner was chosen to win the money. All the while, two anonymous judges set the challenges and chose the winners. The whole situation that Lauren Oliver created was flawless. I could imagine that sort of thing happening in a small town full of bored teenagers. It was flawlessly built into a thrilling game that had me on the edge of my seat. The story is told through the main characters, Heather and Dodge, in alternating perspectives, so I'll focus on the narrators first. Heather was a tough chick. She didn't have the best situation at home and she wanted to win the money so that she could take care of her sister and get her away from her neglectful mother. She was strong, determined, and extremely dedicated to caring for her loved ones. I really liked her. She was definitely a worthy heroine. Dodge was a little sketchy at first. He wanted to win Panic as a means for revenge and he was quite ruthless about it at first. But, then his priorities shifted and it no longer became about winning, but about making sure he and his friends survived the games. I liked him. He was sweet and loyal to those he cared about. And he proved himself as a worthy character with what he did at the end. I thought he was great. The other two important characters were Bishop and Nat, Heather's friends. There were two separate romantic relationships: one between Bishop and Heather, and one between Dodge and Nat. Bishop was so sweet. I totally adored him. He was dedicated to protecting his loved ones and that meant he would do anything to protect Heather. He wasn't all sunshine, though, he had a dark side and quite a few secrets that I never saw coming. But, that only made me like him more. I thought he was wonderful. Nat, on the other hand, got on my nerves. She was mean. She lied, manipulated, insulted, and was somehow forgiven for it every time. I'm not sure why Dodge even liked her after the way she played him. She had her good moments, but I still didn't like her. The romance was very light. The story was really focused on the games, but the little bit of romance that did appear was sweet. The plot was well paced. I was kept interested the entire way through, though there were some parts that dragged a little. What I really love about Lauren Oliver's books is her ability to write so lyrically. Her writing itself was just gorgeous. The story was thrilling and the scenes of the challenges had me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely. Panic was a wonderful YA read. It was thrilling, unpredictable, and full of surprises. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book. Lovers of YA, this is a book  you'll want to check out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Panic is an EXCEPTIONAL novel. It's more than just an examination of fear; it's also a powerful and sometimes disturbing look at what drives people, what connects them, and what helps them overcome the worst odds. This book is beautifully written, and, at times, heartbreaking. It winds its way under your skin as you read, until your pulse is pounding and you can't put it down. The ending took my breath away. Oliver's books always seem to go to a very dark place and then return, hopeful and redemptive. This is a great read and I can't recommend it enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how well you feel like you know the characters. A must read for any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While PANIC is certainly a departure from the DELIRIUM trilogy, readers will NOT be disappointed. Lauren Oliver's trademark lyrical prose is still front and center and the plot is edge-of-your-seat exciting. I loved watching as Heather and Dodge's motivation for playing the game shifted from pure financial gain (for Heather) and pure revenge (for Dodge) to something MUCH more. I cannot recommend this book enough,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it, it had me at the edge of my seat and it kept me turning pages. BUY THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I'd expect after the delirium series but still above average.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
A fan of each and every one of Lauren Oliver’s books to date, I was really excited to get my hands on Panic early. The blurb sounded really interesting. Danger! Intrigue! Romance! Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, it was entertaining, but something was just missing. Panic is a game born out of the boredom of small-town teenagers. It is not a dystopian novel and there are no supernatural elements about it, despite how people are shelving it on Goodreads. It’s a straight-up contemporary novel with a bit of mystery, a bit of action and a bit of romance. Sadly, I didn’t find myself caring that much about any of it. I found it difficult to connect with the characters. The tasks they were to complete often seemed just plain stupid and dangerous, so I didn’t even find myself on the edge of my seat that much. These kids chose to do this. No one forced them. They weren’t trying to survive. They were playing a game. This is why I had a difficult time caring about what happened to them as a result of it. The friendships were confusing and I didn’t really feel the chemistry between Heather and Dodge. The book gets bonus points and a 3-star rating because it was incredibly well-written. No, the ideas didn’t really work for me and the characters weren’t ones I could sympathize with, but the writing was good and the intrigue was there if you could bring yourself to connect with the characters. The characters were well-developed and complex, just not particularly likable to me. There were some twists and turns in the book, but I didn’t find them all that unpredictable. I guessed the major twist before it was revealed. Not Lauren’s best book in my opinion, but it wasn’t a total waste of time either. A younger crowd would likely be able to relate to the characters and appreciate it more than I did. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like THG you will like this book! Ex-highschool students battle it out for 67 grand. The book is told from the POV of Heather and Dodge. It is centered around them and their friends trying to win. Some of the book is centered around the personal life of Heather and Dodge. The book is a little violent,but is good for 13 years and up. Some 12 year olds can handle it, but it is better for teenagers. Overall, this was a great book and is worth a read
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
I think the premise of this book is interesting, but the characters left it feeling a little flat. I think the game of Panic is amazing. It’s dangerous, and scary as hell. It’s not something I’d ever participate in, but I can see why others would. I had to know what the next challenge was while I was reading. Each one is deadlier than the previous one. I was freaking out while reading some of them. Panic is told from the perspectives of Heather and Dodge. I had a hard time with them as narrators because I felt like they didn’t have much of a personality. They both have had hard lives, and ones that I wish wasn’t a reality. But the way they portrayed things felt like it lacked passion, I guess. I didn’t feel their anger, or anything. It’s like it just happened. I’m not sure that makes sense, but it does in my head. lol While the characters left me wanting more, the story is engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loooooving this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PANIC, Oliver's third book is a gripping and extremely well-written YA. The plot follows a group of high school seniors through a summer and a game that could change their lives or take it. Oliver threads the novel well with multiple characters and intersecting points of view that keep an intense urgency and force you to read on. She holds the reader at a close distance to her characters and makes you care about their progression. I would recommend everything written by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I really enjoyed it. It was different in a really good way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard time putting it down, one of her best novels
Raina16 More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this book was that great, because it said it would be filled with scary challenges throughout the whole book. Halfway through there was about only two or three challenges done. I also thought the characters were boring. And the challenges weren't that scary to me. 
CarinaMV More than 1 year ago
Though this story was good I didn't really get connected to any of the characters. My favorite parts of the story were the games, the rest was just words to get through until the games happened again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Think THE HUNGER GAMES, but grounded in the recognizable reality of small-town USA...and the competition is completely voluntary. I'm just a few chapters in, and Lauren Oliver's latest novel is already discomforting and compulsively readable - as I've come to expect.
AlyssaCoon More than 1 year ago
Thrilling, unpredictable, and well suited for those who love thrillers. This book is absolutely outstanding! PANIC made me stay on the edge of my seat the whole time. PANIC focuses on friendships, relationships, and the main thrill of life. PANIC showed the do’s and don'ts of teenage years. The novel shows how important winning is to these teens, especially because they are risking their blood, sweat, tears, and lives for this money. I definitely enjoyed reading this novel. The whole time I was reading it, I felt like I was watching a movie! I could not put this book down even if I tried! PANIC was a very enjoyable novel that I would recommend to everyone that is above 14! I think that this novel can leave an impact on teens ages 14 and up because it does include some language and actions that some parents of teens younger than 14 might not want them to hear. Although some might not want their children to read, I think that this book is very beneficial to read because it shows how teens should not fall for things that can result in something that could end their lives. Another reason I think that PANIC is well suitable for teens is because it does not highlight on the fact of peer pressure, more on the fact of making really bad decisions. PANIC focused on the two main characters Heather and Dodge, by switching their prospective throughout the story. Throughout the story there was not much relationships but more of the characters focusing on the game to try and win the money that could possibly change their lives. PANIC is a book many teens can relate to because it shows the basic understanding of what goes on in teens lives, especially placing the setting in a small unknown town in New York. Author, Lauren Oliver, focuses on the idea of teenage adventure that has a “thrill a minute” throughout the novel. Not only do I appreciate Oliver’s work, but so does everyone who has read and witnessed her many novels. She creates the realistic authenticity of living in real life so you do not have to pretend that you are reading a fiction book, even though it is. I highly enjoyed this novel and it was one of the best books i’ve ever read, and I think that if you have the chance to read it, then I would.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Panic by Lauren Oliver is a young adult thriller that tells a story about friendship, betrayal, and first loves, and especially losses. This novel takes place in Carp, New York, a poor city where most residents are not able to leave because they cannot escape the poverty in which they live in. However, it is not impossible to escape this town completely. A legendary game known as Panic is a top secret game played within the senior class. Each senior pitches money in throughout the school year into the pool, whoever wins gets the prize of escaping the lonely town of Carp using the thousands of dollars they won. There are however a few catches to playing this game. The first one is, the judges who run the game are completely unknown, and are in control of deciding the different rounds the seniors have to compete in; if one fails to complete the round, they are kicked out and lose all chances of winning the grand prize and leaving Carp. The other catch is, well, these rounds are extremely dangerous to the point where they are deadly. The main characters of this thrilling novel include four seniors, Heather, Dodge, Natalie, and Bishop. The story is taken place through the perspective of Heather and Dodge, switching off between each chapter. Heather and Nat are best friends who have always been close with Bishop. Dodge was never one to have friends in the town of Carp, that is until Panic officially started. Out of the main characters, Heather, Nat, and Dodge joined the game of Panic, resulting in them all becoming friends and teaming up to defeat the game. Oliver was excellent at making this novel interesting. There were constantly plot twists throughout the novel making it difficult to put down. She gave each character a backstory on why they want to escape the town of Carp. No one in town has an easy life, making them all eager to win. They all have their individual issues. For example, Dodge’s sister, Dayna, made it to the last round. Joust was the name of it, where two cars had to drive straight towards each other until the loser swerved their car out of the way. When Dayna’s car mysteriously stopped working, it left her paralyzed from the waist down. Dodge wants nothing more than to help his sister recover from the accident, which he believes wasn’t an accident at all. Heather on the other hand wants to win Panic to take her younger sister, Lily, far away from Carp, and far away from their alcoholic mother, and away from her neglect. Lastly, Nat wants to win Panic to pursue her passion of becoming an actress in order to deal with her personal insecurities and anxiety. Oliver has a way of making all of these characters come alive, they all have purpose and passion, they all deserve to win Panic. I would recommend this book to any young adult reader who enjoys a thriller mixed with first loves and drama. Anyone who enjoys a book that takes place in a unique world where everything is on the line. Panic is a page turner, it makes you obsess over each individual, it has you rooting for all characters at different times, sometimes even at the same time. This book is reality, the way the characters are built make the book feel real, Oliver has a way of making the book come alive, and I would recommend this book to anyone who finds interest in this type of genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oml xD I haven't listened to that song in FOREVER. Now I'm gonna have to go and listen to it ;3;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heeeeerrrreeeee XD i chose this cuz i was listening to the Ballad of M<_>ona L<_>isa. xD
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sincerely recommend this book to those who like reading books about overcoming hardships and growing up. This book should be recommended for teens and young adults! All in all I thought this book was a beautiful narrative from the main characters' point of view.