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.
Number of Pages: 310
Reviewed by Rachel, age 16
Don't Turn Around has already made my list of favorite books for the fall! It's also the "YA Book of the Month" at the store. This book is clever and witty. Why? Probably because the main characters are teenage hackers.
From chapter one I was hooked. The plot of this book revolves around an organization supposedly trying to find a cure for PEMA, a deadly disease infecting teens across the nation. One of the main characters wakes up a lab rat, while the other has stumbled upon the organization's files in his dad's home office. I loved the mix of 3rd person point of views.
Noa and Lisbeth Salander are kindred spirits, I swear. (That was how this book was pitched: The young adult version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It was also said to be a 'techno-thriller'.) Peter, on the other hand, is a spoiled brat who happens to also run a hacking site called //ALLIANCE//.
The two of them were hilarious when they were in the same scenes, and by the middle of the book, I was craving for them to get together! That brings me to another thing I loved about this book: the relationship that grew between Peter and Noa seemed real! It seemed like how a friendship would actually blossom into love or something like love. But then again, this whole book was really believable.
If you're someone that's easily put-off by unrealistic solutions in mystery books, then you'll love this book because you won't be questioning anything! The main characters are so smart that in order to outwit them, the bad guys have to be smarter, and they are! This makes for an interesting and hard-to-guess mystery/thriller. Michelle Gagnon did her research!
And if you're worried this book won't be suspenseful enough for you, you need not be! The characters are go-go-going the entire time, making it hard to guess where the book will take you next, especially because every other chapter seemed to be a life or death situation. It didn't wear on me like some books might have. In this case, it just made me want more! There were enough mellow scenes that I had time to breathe while reading.
This book should not escape your fall reading list! Recommended for both boys and girls ages 13 and up!
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Rachel, age 16