“This book is about Noa, a girl who is a foster care runaway. Who wakes up on a metal table in warehouse. An IV stuck in her arm. Bring in Peter, a very intelligent boy whose parents are rich. He's the creator of Alliance a group of talented hackers they use their skills to take down people who use the the internet for evil. Pros: A great read for anyone whose into medical stuff, scandals involving big shot people, or anyone whose looking for a great mystery. Cons: It's a little slow in the beginning.”FluteGirl wrote this review Monday, November 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fell in love with this book! It was different, and made me want to become a computer hacker =)”May wrote this review Tuesday, November 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Two teens from very different backgrounds are about to have their worlds collide. Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Peter has had an affluent life living with his lawyer mom and banker dad. The night Peter's house is broken into just minutes after he begins snooping around on the website of a shady corporation AMRF, he seeks the help of fellow computer hackers on /ALLIANCE/. Little does he know that his help is coming from Noa who just escaped from an empty warehouse where she woke up on an operating table with an IV in her arm but no memory how she got there. Can two teenagers hackers stop a corrupt corporation?”Stephanie S wrote this review Friday, October 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A girl tries to find out who is behind the kidnapping of runaway teens (including herself). A boy leads a hacktivist group that eventually leads to Project Persephone.
Opening Sentence: When Noa Torson woke up, the first thing she noticed was that her feet were cold.
Noa Torson wakes up in a “hospital” with a huge blank hole in her memory. How did she arrive at the hospital? No, why is she even in the hospital? Not one for detainment, Noa escapes from the building, only to find that she was in a boat storage unit in the middle of nowhere. With an ingenious plan, Noa makes her way back to Boston, Massachusetts, determined to find out why someone would kidnap her and hold her for two weeks. At the same time, Peter Gregory is snooping through his father’s desk when he finds a folder labeled Project Persephone. Intrigued, Peter decides to use his hacking skills to research the folder. But just as he opens a internet window, a man named Mr. Mason and his men break down his door, steal his laptop and warns Peter to forget about Project Persephone. Of course Peter doesn’t oblige, but searching comes with a price. His parents kick him out of the house and his girlfriend in college, Amanda, is drawing farther and farther away. After a ironic coincidence, Peter and Noa join forces against this new threat to runaway kids on the streets.
Fabulous. Ingenious. Absolutely incredible. Just to name a few. This book blew my mind with the intricate plot and deep characters and witty dialogue. It reminds me of an Artemis Fowl book for teens with less criminal mastermind and more crazy plots and adventure. Some of the plot is a tad predictable but there was enough action and suspense that I looked over it.
This book is a great example of a YA book that doesn’t revolve around romance. Sure there are some aspects of romance such as Peter and Amanda. But that’s a relationship that is falling apart. Peter is starting to like Noa by the end of the book, but throughout the entire book, just about 10 sentences are dedicated to it. BUT those who like a little romance in a story, there’s enough to satisfy, but I doubt you’ll be paying attention to the relationships with everything else that’s going on.
The most important factor in this book — the thing that makes this book original and applies to this day and age — is the fact that Noa and Peter live in a hacking society. Both can hack a computer or system with ease. Before I read this book, I wondered how Gagnon would describe hacking without overloading on computer codes or specific details. Gagnon creatively uses analogies to describe Noa or Peter hacking. Breaking through a castle wall or playing hide and seek are (according to Noa) similar to hacking a system. Peter also leads a “hacktivist” online group called /ALLIANCE/ that seeks out criminals, abusers or companies that cheat the law. Then they use their hacking skills to create a type of justice (i.e. closing their bank account, putting classified articles online, etc.)
Overall, I loved this book and cannot wait for the next book. There’s not a terrible cliffhanger, but just enough to leave you hanging on to the last page or rereading the ending. Narrated in third person from both Noa and Peter’s objective point of views, Don’t Turn Around is a stunning debut that is worth every minute of reading and every hour of no sleep.
Just get /ALLIANCE/ up and running again, we’ll need it. Check in here every day. Don’t worry, we’ve got a plan.
Sounded like she was still with that guy, the one he’d dubbed “Molotov cocktail man.” The thought bothered Peter more than he’d like to admit. But at least Noa wasn’t alone, he told himself. It was good that someone was watching her back. Even if for the moment, it wasn’t him. Peter typed, Better than the last plan, I hope.
Definitely. This time we’ll be the cavalry.
And she signed off.
Peter spend a long moment staring at the screen, then logged off and powered down the phone and laptop. He tapped his finger on the steering wheel, thinking. Did he really want to get involved in all this again? Risk his parents, and Amanda?
Yeah, he thought, remembering Cody. Hell yeah. He’d do whatever they needed him to.
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Don’t Turn Around. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“Imagine waking up on a cold table with an IV in your arm with no idea where you are, how long you have been there, and not knowing if anything was done to you? These are the questions facing Noa Torson. Noa is a brilliant computer hacker whose life went from happy to nightmare in an instant. She is a survivor, and she will need all her skills and strength to keep ahead of the fiends who are chasing her. I highly recommend this book especially if you like thrillers. The characters are so likable. You can feel their happiness and disappointments and are cheering for them all the way. I started reading this book late one evening and had to get up early the next morning to finish it. It was absolutely compelling. It is the first book of three in the series, and I anxiously await the second book.”Marianne wrote this review Wednesday, October 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review on blog: http://tumblinginbooks.blogspot.com/2012/10/dont-turn-around-by-michelle-gagnon.html
Ooohhh... YA Thriller, my next favourite YA genre! I need more of this run-for-your-life vibe book. I never knew they were freaking awesome. Go me for trying new books!
Noa woke up in a hospital(just how many books exactly starts a book with waking up in a hospital?) with no memory of how she got there. Next thing she knows, she's running for her life from people who wanted something from her(which, btw, she doesn't know what). On her run, she met Peter. And now, they're both running for their lives!
So, here's the awesome thing in this book: Hackers. They're awesome right?! No? Too bad. Well, I think they're awesome until they hacked into my account of course. So they better not. Or they'll lose another hacker fan :P
Anyway... I think it's awesome that Michelle Gagnon moved into YA territory. She writes 'em real good! She's a natural! It wasn't hard for me to quickly immerse myself into this book. Noa has a voice that's darkish and she's always calculating her actions, stuff... just everything. Peter's this rich boy but he have this mom-and-dad's-too-busy-making-money kinda stereotype that's going on around him. He may be an awesome hacker but he's a little... dependent on someone. Let's just say he's less independent that Noa. That'll make things less complicated ;) But despite that, they're both easy to get along with.
Don't Turn Around almost hit close to perfect. It was just the right pace. And the plot was good and well constructed. It also have that jaw-dropping moment. But I'm a sucker for love stories. And I need more of Noa and Peter! It couldn't end JUST LIKE THAT. I SO need the 2nd book like, ASAP.
Despite that, I think that Don't Turn Around was just soooo good! Anyone who read this will devour it in one sitting! I just got No Escape and I can't wait to read it! :D”
“Review originally posted http://hobbitsies.net/2012/08/dont-turn-around-by-michelle-gagnon/
I don’t know why, but I was a little wary of Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon. But you know, one moment I was 12 pages in and the next I was closing the book and it was one in the morning.
Don’t Turn Around is engaging and intense and definitely sucked me in. I loved where the storyline went – it’s definitely an action packed book with lots of chase scenes, but even when there was downtime, I was invested in the story.
I had mixed feelings on the characters in Don’t Turn Around. Some pages I felt like the character development was lacking a little and then other pages it didn’t matter because the story was so good! I did really like the protagonist, Noa. She was a tough character and I’m always up for a badass female protagonist. Peter fell a little flat for me in parts and I didn’t quite get the relationship between him and his parents. It was kind of a big part of his character but his parents were just so…one dimensional, if that makes sense.
But Don’t Turn Around has this awesome mystery/sci-fi thing going on, which I definitely didn’t expect. Don’t Turn Around felt so modern, like it was happening right now in Boston, except there were definitely some parts of the storyline that were futuristic.
I really liked the ending of Don’t Turn Around. I’m not usually a fan of cliffhangers, but I thought this one was done well. It wasn’t like a super high stakes cliffhanger, I knew just enough to close the book satisfied, but still definitely wanting to read the sequel.
I was totally sucked in by Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon. It’s an action-packed thriller that kept me on my toes and rooting for the characters the whole time, even if I didn’t necessarily connect with them. Be sure to check Don’t Turn Around out if it sounds like something you’d be interested in!”
“WOW. This one is a page-turner. It reminded me of "Little Brother" in a lot of ways, but with broader appeal. Told in alternating points of view, the story moves quickly and the reader is HOOKED. The book moves at a break-neck pace, and nothing seems to slow it down. Not even the tech or medical explanations--which don't bog things down by getting too in-depth. It ends in the most unsatisfactory way imaginable. GRRR. I'll definitely be looking for this sequel.”Dolores S wrote this review Wednesday, September 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book Dont Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon is an awesome book so far. I think every one that reads this book will enjoy it.”Jade Carter wrote this review Wednesday, September 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This one reminded me quite a bit of Patterson's Maximum Ride series or Armstrong's Awakening series, though perhaps a bit better developed and with better characterization. Also a bit like Doctorow's Little Brother. ”Rebecca W wrote this review Saturday, September 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No