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Product Details

  • Series: Don't Turn Around
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062102931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062102935
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Having escaped the clutches of Project Persephone at the conclusion of Don't Turn Around (HarperCollins, 2012), teen hacker Noa finds herself on the run. Along with fellow runaway Zeke, she takes down Persephone labs across the country and rescues as many kids as possible from experimentation and death. Back home in Boston, Peter runs the information side of things, providing data, blueprints, and technical support for their raids, all while dealing with some harsh difficulties of his own. They save a few kids at a time, but they are still just a small group of untrained teenagers against a ruthless corporate army that will stop at nothing to recapture Noa and finish her pathetic resistance. This second book in a trilogy introduces new characters and new threats to Noa and Peter and leads them headlong into a conclusion that should be eagerly anticipated. Don't Look Now is not as tech-heavy as the first book, mostly because Gagnon has taken those duties away from Noa and turned her more into a Katniss-type leader and symbol, leaving Peter to do the heavy lifting in the computer department. The action is a little more balanced this time around, spread throughout the book, and there are some serious issues along the way for all involved. Gagnon handles these developments and revelations well and they hit readers with the same force as they hit the characters. A few savvy teens will find the twists and turns to be fairly obvious, but they by no means detract from the fun of getting there.-Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TXα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Don’t Turn Around (2012) introduced the unpleasant notion of a pharmaceutical company stealing homeless kids and experimenting on them to create a wonder drug. This sequel contains every bit of the same whiz-bang, splitting our heroes down two parallel plots. Though Noa is experiencing strange physical changes since her operation, she nonetheless has become the leader of Persefone’s Army, a group of teen revolutionaries who stage raids on the corporation’s secret labs in the Southwest—although the latest raid might have led to a traitor in their midst. Meanwhile, Peter’s still in Boston, hacking hither and yon to figure out the secret to the deadly PEMA virus. Noa and Peter, who seemed to be heading toward romance in the first book, find themselves lusting for companions closer at hand, and these relationships become, shall we say, complicated. Hacking is usually death to prose, but Gagnon pulls it off smashingly, accelerating the crosscutting to a delirious pace by book’s end. Don’t chew those fingernails too hard—you’ll need them to turn the pages of the next volume. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, bartender, dog walker, model, personal trainer, and Russian supper club performer. Her bestselling thrillers have been published in North America, France, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. BONEYARD was a finalist for a 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. The first book in her Young Adult PERSEFONE trilogy, DON'T TURN AROUND received four starred reviews and was an IndieNext and Junior Library Guild selection. Nominated for a Thriller Award, it was also chosen as one of the best YA novels of 2012 by Kirkus, the American Library Association, and the Junior Library Guild.
Michelle splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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I look forward to reading the third book in the trilogy to see how the story concludes.
K. M. Martin
Much as the last book, I struggled to get myself to read this one, and kept putting it down until my lending period was nearly expired.
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I highly recommend this series for teens that enjoy an action-packed thriller, full of secrets, conspiracy, mystery, and suspense!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aha on September 12, 2013
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I finished this book within 3 days of when it came out on Kindle, and now I have to sit on my hands until the third book is available. I thought this middle book might be more tedious than the first because it has to span the gap, but that was NOT the case. In a lot of ways I thought it was more creative than the first book, and I ended up caring more about the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ChayseBWB on September 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a series that will put the idea of a thriller in a whole other perspective. This book as well as Don't Look Now will take you on an adventure that will have slight effects of intense nail biting, standing on your toes, yelling madly, and possibly crying. This book would be nothing if it didn't create these emotions that will surely coarse through your body.

Plot: The book continues from where things left off. Noa is on the run and she is on a mission to save children from the grasp of the men experimenting on them. Dangers are becoming more and more present and they are always watching. The book grabs hold of you and pulls you through the chapters

Characters: We still see Peter, Amanda, Zeke and of course Noa as well as other characters from the first book as well as being introduced to new characters as the story continues. The characters create a family bond that I feel is not present in some of the families of our world. These characters are something else. They go through things that children are never expected to go through and we are able to see how strong they are and the maturity overpowers their young age.

Romance: There are a couple things that prove interesting in this category. We have Noa and Zeke and we, as readers, want something to happen but life keeps getting in the way. I have decided to categorize life as a word that I learned through Urban Dictionary: Boonish. Going back...We also have Peter and Amanda who although broke up, still have a fire lit between them. Things will hopefully progress further in the next book but I have to say the ending did kill me.

Ending: This is where the yelling and crying comes in. I knew this might happened and I thought it was going to happen earlier because that is how every author is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jclynch90 on August 27, 2013
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Time and again, I have been disappointed in subsequent novels of a series after completing the first one. I was elated to discover that Michelle Gagnon's second attempt of Project Persephone was every bit as chilling and alluring as Don't Turn Around! Noa Torsen and Zeke are now on the run from mercenaries and commandos in the employ of the pharmaceutical company that started Project Persephone, with a ragtag band of rescued street kids and runaways like themselves along for the ride. Peter Gregory continues to help the beleaguered band of survivors from afar by once again putting himself at risk by implementing virtual back doors into Persephone's mainframe and breaking into the penthouse apartment of the creepy Mason in the hopes of alerting Noa and company of further danger. Peter's ex-girlfriend Amanda also plays a bigger role in this novel, stealing lists of names of potential victims of the project and passing them along to Mouse, a survivor of the streets that she is acquainted with. All is not well with Amanda however. Though the love quartet between Amanda, Peter, Zeke and Noa persists, Peter also fears that Amanda is contracting symptoms of Pema, the crippling and fatal disease featured so prominently in the first book. Not only does Peter have conflicting feelings for both the girls in his life, but he is also concerned and feeling sympathetic to Amanda as well, because a cure for the disease has not yet been found. This novel races along with the breakneck intensity of the first one, with just as many heart-pounding action scenes and moments of danger, and it's conclusion is truly epically breathtaking. Readers will eagerly anticipate the next and final installment of this amazing trilogy. Fans of Gagnon's other series and stand alone novels won't want to miss this one. On to the conclusion! Bravo for another stellar performance Michelle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abica on January 11, 2014
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this was better than the first one. I read it in one day, I couldn't put it down. if you haven't started this series yet you need to. it made me laugh, cry, and care deeply about the characters. GET THIS BOOK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory on January 8, 2014
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I have never read a book in my life without getting bored and putting it down however this story I couldn't stop reading can't wait for the third book to come out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen M. Rodiek on October 19, 2013
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Even though I'm way beyond being a YA, I find many of these books to be well done and entertaining for OA's (older adults) as well. Great story line, terrific characters and even though the deadly disease affecting teens isn't real, so many of the issues the kids face in the story are real for many kids today. Well done and I look forward to following the series as it moves along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raein2001 on October 5, 2013
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I liked this one even better than the first. Noa is a great character--totally kick-butt. I love seeing smart young women allowed to be heroes in fiction. Everything speeds up in this installment, and we get to know some other characters a lot better, most notably Amanda, who is very interesting and layered. Sometimes I loved her, sometimes I loved to loathe her, and I'm excited to see more of her character unfold in the final book, which I will be picking up the day it comes out. Highly recommended.
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