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Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
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Sep 24, 12

bookshelves: arc, first-read
Read from September 21 to 24, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Noa finally has her life under her control. After years in the foster care system, she’s on her own even though she is underage. Through her computer skills, she has set up a false family, obtained a freelancing computer jobs, has an apartment and a bank account. Everything is going great until she wakes up on a steel table hooked up to IV tubes. After getting no good answers from the two doctors who enter the room, she escapes and finds that she is in a warehouse where there are rooms with other young people strapped to tables. Through her survival instincts honed through the years, she escapes and goes on the run. Now she cannot return to her apartment or access her funds without the notice of the people who kidnapped her.
Peter, on being left along when his parents go out, decides to steal some of his father’s bourbon and starts peeking at his father’s files. The names Project Persephone and AMRF catch Peter’s curiosity and he goes online to do some research. Within a short time, the front door was kicked in by several men, his computer taken, and Peter given a warning and a message for his parents.
Peter turns to another online hacker for help; this turns out to be Noa. As they look further into Project Persephone, they realize they are both researching the people who took Noa. Project Persephone is doing research to find a cure to PEMA, an illness that attacks adolescents. However, they are doing underground research on kids who are on the outside of society, kidnapping them from the streets. As Noa and Peter look for information and answers, they end up on the run together trying to evade the men after them.
Don’t Turn Around is a fast-paced thriller that captured my attention from the first paragraph and held it to the end. I hope there is a sequel to see what happens next in Noa and Peter’s attempt to fight for the missing kids.
I received an advance reader’s copy from Goodreads’ First Read’s program.
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