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.
Noa Torsen is on the run. Having outsmarted the sinister corporation Pike & Dolan, Noa and her friend Zeke now move stealthily across the country, protecting runaways before they become test subjects for P&D’s horrific experiments. Noa knows all too well what that feels like: Whatever they did to her has left her exhausted and scared.
Back in Boston, Peter anxiously follows Noa’s movements from his computer, using his hacker skills to feed her the information she needs to stay alive. But he’s desperate to do something more, especially when he learns what P&D has done to his ex-girlfriend Amanda.
Then, in an explosive confrontation, Noa and her team are trapped in the one place they thought was safe. It will take everything Noa and Peter have to bring down the corporation before it gets them first. And with no one to trust and enemies hiding at every turn, they may be the only people alive who can.
This stunning second book in the critically acclaimed Don’t Turn Around trilogy raises the stakes to their absolute limit and will leave readers begging for the exciting conclusion, Don’t Let Go.
I couldn’t put either of these books down. When I read Don’t Turn Around, I was on the edge of my seat with every turn of the page. Gagnon immediately grabbed my attention and had me invested into the characters from the very first page. There were times in both books that I would think to myself, “Oh, I know where this is going” and then Gagnon would divulge a new piece of the plot that would throw me completely.
There are so many layers to the characters that I found myself lost in their world. I wanted Noa and Peter to be my friends. Even when they were discussing computer hacking terms, I didn’t get lost (like I normally do). I knew that every piece of information being given was going to big in some sort of way. And even with all the suspense and action, Gagnon finds a way to weave in a romantic relationship or two, adding even more complication to the situation. In addition, to the well-developed main characters, Gagnon makes the reader interested in all the minor characters too. I found myself completely involved in each character’s story. And while some sequels don’t develop the new characters to this reader’s high standards, the new characters in Don’t Look Now are fully developed and serve a purpose to the plot.
What I liked most about the two books is that the story is told from multiple POVs. In Don’t Turn Around, we get the story from Noa’s and Peter’s point of view. In Don’t Look Now, Teo (a new character) and Amanda (Peter’s ex-girlfriend) are added to the mix. While this may sound overwhelming, Gagnon makes it work seamlessly.
I can’t wait to read the last book in the trilogy. I’ll be sad when it’s all over (as I always am when a series end) but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. If you haven’t read these first two, go out and get your copy today. You will not be disappointed!
Michelle Gagnon is the international bestselling author of thrillers for teens and adults. Described as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens,” her YA technothriller DON’T TURN AROUND was recently nominated for a Thriller Award by the International Thriller Writer’s Association, and was selected as one of the best teen books of the year by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Kirkus, Voya, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Book 2 in the PERSEFONE trilogy, DON’T LOOK NOW, is on sale now. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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