Don't Turn Around (PERSEFoNE #1)
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 computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty 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.
With a bang, we begin this fast paced, nail biting thriller that takes us inside a story filled with conspiracies and lies, and how two hackers are gunning for the truth. If you're looking for a high-action plot you're definitely at the right place. There is no room to breathe in this novel, let alone relax. It begins and ends with your adrenaline pumping. It's exciting; keepi...more
Noa has spent almost her entire life in the system, changing foster parents far too often. Along the way, she became extremely good with computers and she somehow managed to create a false foster family for herself, make a lot of money online under the name of her non-existent foster father and rent a great apartmen. But because of her lack of personal connections, she is targeted by a group that performs illegal medical experiments on human subject. At the beginning of Don’t Turn Around, she wa...more
Thriller/suspense/technological stories are usually right up my alley. I love the thrill of the chase, and watching the MCs of such tales grapple with their outer (and inner) adversaries to ultimately come to terms as the story winds down. "Do...more
what can I say. I received it in the post today after winning it in a competition. I couldn't put it down. brilliant story. it was fast paced, action packed, full of suspense. I never knew what was going to happen next. I loved noa's character. that's one tough cookie lol I know I would have been hysterical if I woke up on a metal bed in a strange place. It was one of those books that keeps you guessing and turning the page. The story line was really interesting. I'm not s...more
A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
If you're looking for an action packed thrill ride, Don't Turn Around is for you! I wasn't too sure what to expect going into this novel but the cover really sucked me in from the first moment I saw it. What I got was a mix of the movie Hackers and the Jason Bourne series, which was a very welcome blend. With that said, if you are looking for a story that will touch you emotiona...more
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon is a Young Adult thriller that takes place in the city of Boston. Everything about Don't Turn Around for me was fascinating and made me want to read it desperately. The cover is just so interestingly designed and made me very inquisitive. The description was enticing but the selling point for me was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Don't Turn Around was being compared to Dragon Tattoo which is one of my all time favorites.
Just finished reading the book and really enjoyed it! First of all: I instantly fell in love with the cover. It caught my eyes and I had to read the blurb. And well, since I love hacker stories, I had to buy the book and read it. :)
The book had just the perfect mix for me. Hacking, weird medical surgery, suspence, a little science fiction and dystopia. It's like a mix of Bourne Identity, Coma and The Matrix. ^^
I'm afraid I don't agree with all the reviewers who match Noa with Lisbeth Salander. N...more
Wow! What an incredible book! This fast paced and exciting YA kept me up reading long after I should have been in bed. But I couldn’t put it down. So many mysteries, so many coincidences, and so much like real life you’ll wonder if it’s actually fiction.
After waking up in a warehouse with an IV in her arm, Noa makes a daring escape. Meanwhile, across...more
This book grabbed my attention at the very beginning and never let me go. I was so engrossed in the story I felt like I was tangled up into the story right along with the characters! I was racing through the pages of the book to feel my way through the story to the end. My heart...more
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You know those books that give you an adrenaline rush just by reading it ? Well, that's exactly what I expected Don't Turn Around to be when I first read its summary. Reading books like that is like watching a great action movie. Personally, I wasn't very satisfied with the outcome of Don't Turn Around, but for a debut in a series it was good.
Noa, a foster care kid, wakes up one day on hospital table with no recollection of how she landed there. Feelin...more
Characters are usually what hooks me into a read, and in this book, they are really well-done. The interpersonal relationships are amazingly realisti...more
A year ago at a lit event, I had the opportunity to hear the author of Don’t Turn Around give her “elevator pitch” for this novel—a 30-second summary designed to hook a potential reader. Michelle Gagnon said, “A sixteen-year-old girl wakes, disoriented, in a hospital bed… in a warehouse. She’s in pain, she has a surgical incision on her chest, and she has no idea why.” That was more than enough to hook this reader. I clamored for the finished product for the next year,...more
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 detainme...more
The moment the book opens with Noa waking up, the action starts and doesn’t let up. This book is heavily compared to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and I get the similarities. But Noa is not Lisbeth...more
The short summary/intro of the book got me interested, specially when it was linked to Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Sadly, it was a bit disappointing. Not one of the books that made me keep turning the page and find out what happens next. Also, the characters felt somewhat under developed. May be my expectation was too high....more
I was not a huge fan of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for some reason, I just couldn't like the characters, the story the mystery and everything else was fine and dandy, but I really could care less who was doing the actual solving of the mystery. Don't Turn Around and Noa specifically, is basically a younger, easier to like version of Lisbeth with a touch of the movie "Eagle Eye" as well.
When Noa wakes up on a hospit...more
I received an ARC of this book from Goodreads.
Noa Torson has been in and out of the foster care system for almost a decade and, through her knowledge of hacking, was able to eventually get out of the system and set up a fake family for herself, thus ensuring she would never have to see the inside of a The Center, the place she lived between foster homes, ever again. Peter’s a rich kid who has everything he could ever want, except for warm, loving parents. Both are hackers; Noa’s just...more
Brief summary: Two hackers, one a boy who has lead a privileged life and the other a girl running from the foster care system, stumble upon a medical conspiracy and fight to protect themselves and expose the corrupt company involved.
Thoughts: I enjoyed this book I thought it was well paced and interesting. It didn't feel dumbed down (which can happen when an author switches from adult books to YA) and the dialogue seemed realistic. I know very littl...more
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 mixe...more
How freaky would it be to wake up on a hospital bed and not remember how you got there in the first place! I'd be freaked out and pissed! Super pissed! Noa and I should team up! At such a young age she knows how to take better care of herself than probably I do at my 22 years! She's my hero! No really! Instead of crying because oh life is hard she puts her talents to use and is not only going to help herself but other unsuspecting kids! I'll say it...more
When I first started this book I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to follow it.
The two main characters, Noa and Peter are very skilled computer hackers, and I know absolutely nothing about hacking anything.
Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Michelle Gagnon did an excellent job of writing this story, without it being too confusing.
Just by reading the first chapter I knew that I was going to love this book, and my gosh, I loved it.
Noa reminds me of an 16 year old...more
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