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Review - Don't Turn Around

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Don't Turn Around (Persefone Trilogy #1)
by Michelle Gagnon

Publication: August 28, 2012
Pages: 310
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Publisher: Harper Collins
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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.

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. 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.
Filled with action, suspense, and romance, this first book in a new trilogy offers readers nonstop thrills.

Don't Turn Around is fast-paced and filled with life-or-death situations, and it is packed full of serious threats, desperate chases, fights, escapes, and close calls. It makes reading the book a thrilling experience. Noa’s and Peter’s hacking efforts add another element of excitement to the story, and it keeps me wanting to know what they will do next.

This book centers around Noa, a teenage foster kid with excellent computer-hacking skills who wakes up on a surgical table in an empty warehouse with a mysterious incision on her chest and no memory of how she got there. After that, the story continues at a non-stop pace as Noa tries to find out who is responsible for her circumstances and what did they do to her. I would go berserk if I were in her position.

I admire Noa's character. Noa is strong, smart, and a bit of a badass girl despite her fear. She has been through a lot in her life and still goes through some rought times, but she comes out stronger each time. On the other hand, Peter is a nice, intelligent teenager with rich parents. His character is not so well developed as Noa's. To me, Peter just like most of the teenagers nowadays except that he is a genuine computer hacker. Other than that, nothing really stood out to me with regards to his characters.

This is the first book in a trilogy, and I can’t wait to see where Noa’s and Peter’s paths will take them next.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.
7 comments on "Review - Don't Turn Around"
  1. The cover does look interesting and I did try liking this book but it just didn't click but I am so glad you liked it :)

    1. Gaby, thanks. The ending of the book is cliffhanger, but I want to get to know the world Noa's and Peter's living in. Since it’s a series, I am willing to give a shot. It holds a lot of promise.


  2. Originally, I wasn't going to even glance at this book. But I keep seeing more and more awesome reviews crop up for it and I'm getting seriously excited! I'm fascinated by hacking because my friend actually got expelled for showing off his hacking skills by hacking into the school database (intersting story if you ever want to heart it.) So, I find hacking cool, though it's something I'll never do! Definitely can't wait for this book!

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. That does sound like an interesting story. I'd love to hear it sometime :)

    2. Thank you. I would like to hear the story.

  3. Hi Alice! Great to know that this is the first book in a planned trilogy - I've heard really great things about it and am very excited to check it out :) I love mysteries and thrillers and this one was recommended in a Fall Preview by HCC Frenzy. Great review, you got me even more excited for this book than I already was!


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