Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Don’t Turn Around (PERSEFONE #1) by Michelle Gagnon

Publication: August 28, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins


Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.


I thought that the story started off really well. Noa wakes up in what first appears to be a hospital, with no recollection of how she got there or why she doesn’t remember. The good news is that her memory is not completely wiped. Noa does know who she is and all the moments in her life previously, just not after she was taken.

Sick of being bounced around from foster home to foster home, Noa decided to put her hacking skills to good use by creating a sort of new life for herself where she live on her own.
Apparently not only is this girl a good hacker, but she can also kick butt and take names later. Noa can easily and quickly adapt to whatever situation she is put in. I liked her. She is a pretty tough cookie.

As for Peter, he is completely different from Noa; he is a rich teen, living the good life.
His problems begin after he discovers some suspicious information in his father’s desk. He tries to research what he found on his computer, but his efforts are thwarted when several mysterious guys storm into his home and take his laptop. His parents seem to have the answers, but they aren’t willing to give him the full scoop. He is warned that he is snooping into something that does not concern him.
He ends up meeting  Noa when he goes online to request help in decoding the information that he found.

Noa and Peter are two teens with their own set of problems. But it turns out that that they are both connected by the information Peter discovered. But how and why remains to be seen unless you read the book J

The story begins with a bang and doesn’t completely let up throughout the whole book. I was a little surprised. Oftentimes when a book begins strong it tends to lag in the middle, but I didn’t feel it did that with this one. I was highly entertained and never bored.

The ending left more questions than I would have liked, but there is a second book Don’t Look Now that was just released over the summer. Hopefully my questions will be answered in that one.


RATING: 4 out of 5.







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