Over the weekend, I binged Panic, a ten episode series (Amazon Prime) based on the book of the same name written by Lauren Oliver, who also created and wrote the series. I watched it with my 15yo son and we both loved it.
Every summer in a small Texas town, graduating seniors compete in a series of challenges, which they believe is their only chance to escape their circumstances and make their lives better.
I read the book when it first came out as I was a bit of a fan of Lauren Oliver at the time. While I remembered the basic outline of the plot, nothing specific was left with me so watching the show was quite gripping. I honestly had no idea what was going to happen, I couldn’t even remember the ending. Looking back at Goodreads, I can see I gave this book five stars. I hadn’t quite started reviewing back in 2014, only just beginning to leave a few thoughts on Goodreads for each book I read, so here are my thoughts on the book from back then.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found the characters believable and liked them enough to care about what was happening to them. The game Panic was equally believable within the confines of the town of Carp. The story moved along at a good pace, not too many important details revealed too soon and it finished with a great ending. Well done Lauren on another fantastic YA novel.
Both the book and the show get ☕☕☕☕☕ from me!