Don't Turn Around

Don't Turn Around

Book - 2012
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In Michelle Gagnon's debut YA thriller, Don't Turn Around, computer hacker Noa Torson is as smart, tough, and complex as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander.
The first in a trilogy, Don't Turn Around's intricate plot and heart-pounding action will leave readers desperate for book two.
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 hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a 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 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2012
ISBN: 9780062102904
Branch Call Number: F GAG YA
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Do not turn around


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Jul 13, 2017

I really like the book but it left a lot unsolved. Definitely going to read the next one.
The characters were sort of under developed but I hope the next book will clear those things up.

Apr 11, 2017

The book kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen and how the main character was going to escape. Whew! It was a quick read, and I enjoyed each moment of it.

Jun 05, 2015

Loved it!!

Jan 18, 2014

excellent book

ChristchurchLib May 07, 2013

"Like Lisbeth Salander of the bestselling adult novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noa Torson is a smart and tough computer hacker. As a runaway teenager, Noa thrives living "off the grid" - until the day she wakes up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there. Noa teams up with fellow hacker Peter to discover what happened to her, but the pair soon becomes the target of a dangerous corporation determined to keep them from exposing its deadly secrets. This action-packed, blood-pumping techno-thriller is the 1st book in the Persefone trilogy." May 2013 Teen Scene newsletter

plantseoul Mar 28, 2013

I was completely intrigued by this book in the beginning but slowly lost interest. Peter and Nao’s relationship lacked chemistry and I felt as if Amanda’s character was unnecessary or maybe undeveloped. Each character's background was pretty vague and it seemed like the author rushed through the book because issues regarding Amanda were never resolved. Although i must admit, Nao is a pretty cool character. Could have been better if the author went into depth with each character and maybe played around with Peter and Nao's relationship a bit.

BPLNextBestTeens Oct 22, 2012

Sixteen-year-old Noa is on her own. Using her computer hacker skills to evade the foster system, Noa lives off the grid to stay safe.

But then she is caught.

Waking up in an empty room with an IV in her arm, Noa knows that the doctors are lying to her about how she got there.


Peter, leader of a teen hacker alliance group (of which Noa is a part of), has stumbled across some dangerous work being carried out by a corporation called AMRF. Dangerous work he knows he must try to stop. Doing so however will put his and Noa's lives in jeopardy.

Hacker culture fans enjoy this action packed adventure!

Sep 21, 2012

Best hacker fiction since Gibson's "Burning Chrome" --- and probably better. Much superior to the "adult category" drivel, written by investment bankers for investment bankers (and haven't we had enough of bankers already ? ? ?). Only downside: published by a Rupert Murdoch company ...

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May 31, 2013

rieder4 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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