Panic by Lauren Oliver is about a group of people just out of high school who choose to play a dangerous game for the chance of winning a pot of money.
I was excited to read another of Oliver’s stories and surprised to see that Panic was written in third person point of view. It intrigued me to compare her writing styles. I thought it was an interesting concept but somehow the book confused me. First, these kids are competing for money that each person was forced to give throughout their four years of high school. There are also rules that need to be followed like, no one talks about Panic to outside sources, secret judges come up with the games, if you don’t complete a challenge you are out. The clues for who was a potential judge were a little obvious to me. At one point, the game wasn't going to continue but some of the players took it into their own hands with drastic measures. It was never truly explained how that pushed the game to move forward. My favorite part of the book was towards the end, at the last challenge. All the secrets were already revealed but I was rooting for my favorite player to win. For me, the relationships and the aftermath of the game needed to be developed a little more for the ending to feel complete.