Monday, February 10, 2014

Panic (ARC): Review


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.


There are some good things and some bad things with this book as well. And there are slightly more good things than bad things so the rating is... I don't know, slightly higher than a 5? When I first read the synopsis I thought this would be a sort-of remake of The Hunger Games (because Panic IS a dangerous game), so I'm not sure if I should read it. But it's very different from THG, which is really good. Because I hate re-makes. 

Good things first. This is gonna sound a little weird, but that's how I feel. I think this can actually be a good movie. Because there are a lot of slow-mo moments. Imagine a moment filmed in slow-motion. These are probably really exciting if they're set in slow-mo. And there are a lot of them. But... slow-mos have their drawbacks because these exciting moments are usually really short. That's not a "bad thing", but I'm just a little sad the awesome moments are super short. I also like the fact that the two narrators are not/will not be lovers or something like that. That will be way too predictable. No, Heather and Dodge are not lovers if that's what you're asking. But their relationship is pretty darn good and mysterious. Well, it appeals to me, at least. 

But there are some bad things as well. Besides a few dramatic scenes and those "slow-mo" scenes, the rest of the book is, if I might say, kind of boring. Because for some reason there are some things that just doesn't make any sense to me. I understand them but I just can't link them. I guess after a long holiday (yeah, I just got back to school after a long school holiday), my brain is in a super-lazy state. There are also problems with the narrators. Just because their relationship is unique doesn't mean they're great narrators. I supposed they're alright, but they sound so flat to me. Heather's a little better, but Dodge? Hmm... not so much. That's part of the reason why this book is pretty boring at times.

If you are a Delirium fan like me, I'm sure you know about Panic. I'm not going to recommend you NOT to read it, because reading Panic is still enjoyable at some point. But I won't strongly recommend you to read it either, because I don't think this book is good enough to be recommended to just about everyone.

Rating: 6/10

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