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Don't Turn Around Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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“A fast-paced, rip-roaring thriller for all ages.” (Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
“Gagnon’s writing draws readers effortlessly into an adrenaline-packed ride. This is a smart, gripping addition to the growing hacker-action genre with strong appeal to fans of Doctorow’s Little Brother and Falkner’s Brain Jack.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
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From the Back Cover
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 called AMRF threatens his life in no uncertain terms.
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.
Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will devour the story of Noa, a teen soul mate to Lisbeth Salander.
Top Customer Reviews
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 Salander. While both are tech-savvy geniuses who have lived on their own for a while, Noa has a heart that Lisbeth just never got. Noa is endearing, frustrating, and thrilling.
I will say that this story definitely focuses more on plot than characters, but that totally works here. I felt like I had a good grip on the characters--they were engaging, unique, and had chemistry--but the real gem is the plot. Gagnon spares no expense as she dives into the world of corporate and government conspiracies. She creates this complex and intricate plot that weaves together into an ingenious literary knot.
I am so thrilled that there will be more books because I did not nearly get my fill of Noa (and Peter--especially Noa with Peter) and this crazy world. I'm usually the girl who has to have a romantic storyline to really fall hard for a story, but that wasn't the case here. Yes, there's some fun moments between Noa and Peter, and I truly hope their relationship evolves through the series, but the story itself was so exciting, I was addicted from the first sentence. Gagnon already had an established fanbase with her adult audience and that it sure to increase significantly with the YA crowd. She wrote a novel that will easily appeal to teens and adults.
I love books about hackers, and this one had just the perfect mix for me. Hacking, weird medical surgery, goons dressed all in black, and a conspiracy! WOOO xD
It was all pretty well done, I really liked the characters, all of them, even Mason with his creepy stalker-killer thing he had going on. I felt so bad for Peter with his a-hole parents, and I don't care how guilty the mom feels she still didn't do crap. Noa was pretty kick-ass although a bit clueless at times. I mean she is a big time hacker right? Why not actually put those skills to use to find out who the mysterious helper was. And she needed money, why not use her skills to get some as well? I guess my problem is that she didn't actually do much hacking at all, just at the start to get the info and at the end for her plan, which was truly genius *SPOILER*too bad it didn't truly work out*SPOILER*
I really liked how all the elements were woven in, the weird surgeries, the disease that killed Peter's brother, how Noa fits into all of it, the 'mysterious' helper, Amanda. It's all done to keep you guessing and trying to figure out what is going on, which it most definitely accomplished. I would still like to know how the government fits into all of it, and why they started making such fatal experiments in such a large scale when the Owner's daughter of the pharmaceutical company hadn't even gotten the disease yet. I'm guessing they both tie in somehow and that it will be answered in the next book.
The ending was...good and bad. Peter totally played the hero and didn't even get the girl! But at least she got away. I was NOT happy that *SPOILER*Cody was killed*SPOILER* was it completely necessary?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended. It was very well written and the character development was great. Very goodPublished 3 months ago by anne
This is my third time reading this series and it gets better and better each time. Gagnon grabs the reader with the first sentence of the book...and keeps you hooked. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brittany D.
Aaaah . . . I've got to remember that this is billed as the first in a trilogy. Nevertheless, every book should have some sort of fulfillment for the reader. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shalanna Collins