Don't Turn Around

Don't Turn Around (PERSEF0NE, #1) - Michelle Gagnon

Noa is a hacker. She's hacked a fake family, an apartment, and a life for herself, on her own at age sixteen. But she wakes up on an operating table and has to go on the run.


This is the first book by Michelle Gagnon, and that shows around the edges a bit. The teenage characters have too much agency, help appears from nowhere, and there are a few too many coincidences. That said, whatever its defects, I know plenty of readers in the target age group that will like it a lot, and I enjoyed the book and will be reading the sequel.


What Went Well:

  • Lots of action
  • Sympathetic characters

Even Better If:

  • Teen characters seemed like teens
  • Take a breather for characters AND readers - too much is happening too fast