Don't Turn Around : Don't Turn Around

  • by Michelle Gagnon
  • Narrated by Merritt Hicks
  • Series: Don't Turn Around
  • 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Gagnon's first audio book, very good.

This is a young adult novel about 16-year-old Noa and 17-year-old Peter, who meet due to their ongoing efforts through on-line organizations to promote good. But they meet in person when Noa finds herself inexplicably in a warehouse where she wakes up on an operating table with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there. She busts out, (ala Girl with the Dragon Tattoo type tactics) and connects with Peter, who finds himself running from the same people. At first they have no idea what has put them in danger, but the more they find out the more danger they are in. This is a thriller with the kind of wonderful teenage protagonists I wish I had known as a teenager. Peter, a rich kid, and Noa, a throw-away foster child living off the grid, find they have much in common as they use their computer hacking skills to stay just one step ahead of their attackers to stay alive. This is an excellent book I couldn’t put down. Strongly recommended.
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- Kathleen

Doesn't hold up for adult listeners

I enjoy good stories no matter who the intended audience and was guided to this title by an Entertainment Weekly review of promising young adult lit. I was amused by the idea of a character like a "younger sister of Lisbeth Salander." However 3/4 of the way through I kept thinking I should have just re-read/listened to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I do think that if I were still a teen or preteen reader I would have enjoyed this story for its quick pace, wry dialogue and multi-character focus. The plot is quick moving, although many scenes play out like predictable movie or TV shows. The serious issue of homeless teens and their vulnerability is one of the stronger aspects of the book, clearly intending to add pathos and some larger value to the moral stakes. I suppose another pro is that some young readers may be motivated to research what the thalmus gland does. In this future world there is a scary pandemic disease that attacks only teens, although the only societal result appears to be illegal medical research expedited to human testing stage at the expense of kidnapped run aways.

For me, the plot had too many annoying flaws and I think some teens will find the book condescending. For example we are expected to believe world class computer hacking can be "picked up" in a few months by clever teens with "a knack for computers" (is there a more old fogey way to describe this trait). The actual tech skills displayed by Noa and Peter felt thinly researched and unbelievable. Its a quick read and if you are looking for a story to listen to as a family or with a young child it is tolerable. If you are looking to be entertained at a more substantive level I'd recommend The Raven Boys, the other book I downloaded and ultimately much preferred.
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- M. Reen "Practical Dreamer"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio