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“Ever since her parents died, Noa has been a victim of the system, shuffled in and out of foster care. Now sixteen, she’s finally found a way to beat the system by using her hacker skills to create herself a quiet and comfortable life. But whatever sense of calm Noa had built up for herself...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Intense! Now I can't wait until the next book...this one really leaves you hanging!”Mrs. Heres wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3 1/2 ”S Aplin wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this in a week during lunch break hours. Each chapter leaves an interesting cliffhanger. Quite a fun thrill story line to read.”Qingdom wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about Peter having a problem with his parents. Peter and Noa he meets find a way to finger out why they stole from Peter. This book is about problems but it fingers it out. This book most people will like it.”Jake Birnberg wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was all around fantastic. The only thing I didn't like is the ending. I feel as if more information should have been given as to what these guys were up to and who her friend truly is and what his story is. But the ending definitely keeps me wondering about book two.”Kat wrote this review Friday, March 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great read”*MsC wrote this review Saturday, February 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is said to be a book that feels similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but for teens, and I’d have to agree. It has a similar flow and style, and the two main characters have a slightly similar aesthetic as Lisbeth and Mikael. That being said if you have read Tattoo then don’t expect a carbon copy and the similarities are vague enough that it is certainly its own story.
I’d say the overall premise of this one is what caught my eye, it’s not everyday that I run across a book that’s heavy on the more technological aspect of the present day. So I was curious to see how well a YA novel could pull off explaining the intricacies and complexity of hacking and not make it sound like a computer manual, and I’d have to say that Gagnon pulled it off. You can tell she did some serious research and while not all of it may be true, it certainly felt that way. There is also the heavy topic of kids in social care and how easy it is for them to be pushed to the side, which Gagnon highlights by adding the seriously creepy threat of kids being abducted and used as laboratory rats. AMRF is a rather shadowy figure in the book and while their presence is mostly certainly felt the entire time, you don’t actually learn a whole lot about them. The reasoning behind their shady dealings is revealed in part but I can’t help but feel there is much more to it, and I’m hoping the second book touch on that.
Noa is one tough cookie and I liked her depth. She has a lot of emotional scarring from her past and she’s put up a sort of protective barrier around her, but at the same time throughout the book you get these wonderful glimpses of her true feelings. I liked that even though she’s capable of doing some incredibly brave things, she’s capable of feeling fear and uncertainty. Peter took a while for me to like because I kind of typed cast him as the rich kid of with too much time on his hands, but as his story unfolds you find that the kid has a real heart and all of the work his done is extraordinary for one so young (and privileged). The relationship between Peter and Noa was one that moves from being tense to one of friendship, with more slowly budding under the surface. It’s nice to see a relationship in a YA novel that doesn’t immediately spring forth, I like the added tension and the earned trust. It makes the relationship worth my time.
The way the novel tied up really left me wanting more, because there are some questions left unanswered and Gagnon really opened up the reader (and the characters) to how big this whole AMRF thing is. I’ll certainly be looking forward to continuing this series.”
“Very exciting. Now I must wait for the next one....”Renee F wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved the book and couldn't put it down. It's the first in a series (or maybe a trilogy, I am not sure). The book begins with Noa, a super-smart hacker runaway, who has spent her life going from Juvenile Hall to foster care to "The Center (for orphaned/homeless kids) and back again. She wakes up on an operating table with no idea how she got there or what was done to her. Quickly figuring out that something isn't right, she breaks out of the hospital, only to be chased by a bunch of big, scary very un-hospital-like men.
The story alternates between Noa's POV and Peter, a teenager, about the same age as Noa (16 or 17) with a very different background from Noa's. He is from a wealthy family, although he has as much connection with his living parents and Noa does with her deceased parents. After the loss of their other son, Jeremy, to PEMA (the strange and incurable epidemic that, over the past several years, has killed hundreds of thousands of adolescents) Peter's parents emotionally shut down.
Noa and Peter find each other through the hacker network Peter established, /ALLIANCE/ only to realize they are both being hunted by the same, very powerful people, although for different reasons.
This book reminded me a lot of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (which I also loved). The characters are well developed, relatable (and way cooler than I am). I will definitely be recommending this to my teens. ”
“I love books about hackers, and this one had just the perfect mix for me. Hacking, weird medical surgery, goons dressed all in black, and a conspiracy! WOOO xD
It was all pretty well done, I really liked the characters, all of them, even Mason with his creepy stalker-killer thing he had going on. I felt so bad for Peter with his a-hole parents, and I don't care how guilty the mom feels she still didn't do crap. Noa was pretty kick-ass although a bit clueless at times. I mean she is a big time hacker right? Why not actually put those skills to use to find out who the mysterious helper was. And she needed money, why not use her skills to get some as well? I guess my problem is that she didn't actually do much hacking at all, just at the start to get the info and at the end for her plan, which was truly genius.
I really liked how all the elements were woven in, the weird surgeries, the disease that killed Peter's brother, how Noa fits into all of it, the 'mysterious' helper, Amanda. It's all done to keep you guessing and trying to figure out what is going on, which it most definitely accomplished. I would still like to know how the government fits into all of it, and why they started making such fatal experiments in such a large scale when the Owner's daughter of the pharmaceutical company hadn't even gotten the disease yet. I'm guessing they both tie in somehow and that it will be answered in the next book.
The ending was...good and bad. Peter totally played the hero and didn't even get the girl! But at least she got away. I was NOT happy that was it completely necessary? I guess since he was the 'medical expert' and knew too much, but still, he was so nice! and my other problem with the ending was that we finally get to meet the mysterious helper and I am not a happy camper. I can tell there is a love triangle coming and I am hating it already. I don't like the new guy, he seems too convenient somehow. Really hoping the romance stays as understated as it was here, and if the triangle MUST happen that it at least is well done. I don't want to see a potentially good series go down the drain because of it.”