After 3 years, I finally figured out how to put audio books on my iPhone from the library. I was so excited about it that I downloaded the maximum of 10 right away. So, instead of reading books this past week, I’ve been listening to them.
Sadly, half of them I couldn’t even finish. Either they were boring, I didn’t like the characters or the narrator had an irritating voice. But, there was a bright, shining star and I have to say it surprised me because it was labeled a Young Adult book and I’m not normally a big YA reader. I like adult books with adult plots. Well, I’m here to admit that I was wrong.
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon is an action packed, heart-thumping thriller. It’s the kind of book that starts out with a bang and barely gives you time to breathe. And these are all good things.
Noa is a sixteen year old who’s on her own. After being tossed around the system for years, she breaks free and finds comfort in her computer and etches out a life for herself as a hacker and a loner. The day she wakes up on a metal table being injected with who know what, she soon discovers things aren’t as they seem. Peter Gregory is a bored, rich kid who’s hacking skills has lead him to form an online Allegiance group working for the good of others. But, one night, he hacks into the wrong site. With goons breaking down his door, he finds himself on the run.
It kind of reminded me of War Games. The first time I saw it, I was so taken in by the amazing things that kids could with computers and keep in mind that the movie is 30 years old. I still like watching it, even though the technology seems ancient.
When I can’t stop thinking about it, I know it’s been a great read. Don’t Turn Around is kind of book I’d gladly buy and give to kids. It’s clever, exciting and heart-wrenching. This book is on my list for both adults and kids to read, talk about, debate and enjoy. The narrator for the audio version, Merritt Hicks, did a terrific job of bringing the characters to life.
After visiting Michelle’s website, I was happy to learn that this is a trilogy with the next book out in August. Not only that, but a prequel to the story, No Escape, is being offered as a free download.
Bottom Line: I know what I’ll be doing today.