Friday, April 24, 2015

Panic // Lauren Oliver

Hey Guys
Let me just start out by saying wtf is going on with the weather? Snow in the North East? It's chilly here in Tennessee. Some would describe it as unseasonably cool. My head has a constant throbbing and I think we are supposed to have some severe weather tonight.
If I call you from Oz, please get me out.
Speaking of Oz... is anyone else supremely pissed that Zelena is back on Once Upon a Time? Have I already mentioned this?
I have been very active an Instagram lately, and I have been seeing a lot of new books to add to my TBR pile. One that I am particularly interested in is Dorothy Must Die... has anyone else read this? If so let me know what you thought (no spoilers). You can reach out to me via social media @openbooksblog on pretty much everything, or you can email me at theopenbooksblog@gmail.com
So this week I am talking about Panic by Lauren Oliver. It's been several weeks since I read this book. I am still behind. I don't want to jinx myself but hopefully I will be caught up pretty soon.
Not to get too far off topic, but when would you like to see my post? Is there a certain day of the week that I should publish to make it easier? Again let me know on social media, in the comments below, or email me.
So yes, Panic. I really enjoyed this book. I did not know what this book was about when I started reading it, I just saw the cover and had fallen in love with Before I Fall, another book by Oliver a couple of years ago.
I did listen to the Audiobook version and I could not stop listening. I couldn't wait to get into my car or put on my headphones to see what would happen next.
Here is the description straight from Amazon.com
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 in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors. 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 quite a few negative reviews out there but I just don't get it. A lot of the negative reviews hinge on the fact that the reviewers didn't think that the story was realistic... Well no shit sherlock it's fiction. This is the same argument I had with a friends mom when I was 12. She thought that the book with witches in it was going to turn me into a demon and I was going to go to hell. She couldn't believe it when I told her that yes, my parent's let me read that and my dad bought it for me (it was sentimental and special and she threw it way). I told her "I know the difference between what is a story and what is something I could actually do." The horror on my friends face when I told her I was reading Harry Potter! I'm surprised her mom didn't throw out my Animorphs books too (if you have copies of those please tag me in your Instagram pictures and maybe I will do my first giveaway!)
Also, these naysayers have obviously never lived in a town as small as Carp, shit like that really does happen. I live in a town that is smaller that the fictional town and you never know what kind of crazy stuff might happen.
That being said I do think there are a few things that might be a little far fetched but so what? It's fiction. I want to believe that things that would never happen can happen. I know it's not magic, and I get what these people are saying, and what some of you maybe saying, but I really enjoyed the book, and I think you will too.
I give this book 4 out of 5 Stars (I'm just going back to the star rating). There was solid writing and for a standalone book it has a good conclusion and we are not left wondering about what will happen to the characters.
I am looking forward to reading some more of Lauren Oliver's books. In fact I have already read another of her books that i will be reviewing soon.
That's all I've got for now,
Live Long and Prosper

Miriam // The Open Books Blogger