Review: Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Book review | Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon | 4 stars
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
(cover art by Sammy Yuen/Thinkstock)
HarperCollins (2012)
$9.99 (US)


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.

Bullet-point review


+ new dystopian-like angle
+ action-packed
+ conspiracy
+ story line

– several different povs, change randomly
– love triangle (square?)
– execution

Full Review

I really quite enjoyed reading this story. I thought the angle of orphans/foster kids being picked up of the street for experimentation against a decease that only targets teens was a fascinating new angle. I was a little less charmed by the way it was written, as well as the randomly changing points of view.

The story, however, is action packed. The conspiracy that takes place that Noa and Peter uncover is (as far as conspiracy theories are concerned) a believable one. On the other hand, a love square is created. Yep, I said square: the two main characters seem to like each other (the predictability!), but they each also like another person. This was a bit childish in my opinion. At least in a triangle there’s only one person who can’t make up their mind.


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