Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Don't Look Now (Persefone #2) By: Michelle Gagnon

Title: Don't Look Now (Persefone #2)
Author : Michelle Gagnon
Published: August 27th, 2013
Source: E-galley from publisher
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
 Buy The Book: Amazon/Barnes and Noble
Goodreads Summary:

The jaw-dropping sequel to breakout YA thriller Don't Turn Around, which Kirkus Reviews named a Best Book of the Year, calling it "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, a surefire hit"

Noa Torsen is on the run. Having outsmarted the sinister corporation Pike & Dolan, Noa and her friend Zeke now move stealthily across the country, protecting runaways before they become test subjects for P&D's horrific experiments. Noa knows all too well what that feels like: Whatever they did to her has left her exhausted and scared.

Back in Boston, Peter anxiously follows Noa's movements from his computer, using his hacker skills to feed her the information she needs to stay alive. But he's desperate to do something more, especially when he learns what P&D has done to his ex-girlfriend Amanda.

Then, in an explosive confrontation, Noa and her team are trapped in the one place they thought was safe. It will take everything Noa and Peter have to bring down the corporation before it gets them first. And with no one to trust and enemies hiding at every turn, they may be the only people alive who can.

This stunning second book in the critically acclaimed Don't Turn Around trilogy raises the stakes to their absolute limit and will leave readers begging for the exciting conclusion, Don't Let Go.

My Thoughts:

Last year when I read Don't Turn Around I really enjoyed it, one of our main characters Noa was a hacker in the spirit of Lissabeth Sanders of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, this is the third YA book I have read by Michelle Gagnon, each book she writes has been a great thriller, fast paced with a lot of action and that is one of the main things I enjoy about reading her work. I know that I won't be completely bored when I pick up one of her books, I may not love it completely but, I won't be bored. As far as second book in a series go, Don't Look Now was ok, it didn't feel like our characters really got anywhere or as far as I was expecting them to. I enjoyed Don't Look Now but, I liked the first book better.

Noa and Peter are both still fighting  Persefone in different ways, they have created Persefone's Army in different regions all over the United States, taking the kids who have survived and been used  by the company to form groups that fight against them, usually raiding their labs and saving as many kids as they can. While Peter is at home in Boston helping Noa in any way he can  with his computer hacking skills. Peter is having a hard time staying of the sidelines, he is still friends with his ex-girlfriend Amanda and they are both dealing with the aftermath of what happened to her in the first  book, both in very different ways. Noa and Peter are trying to sort out their feelings for one another which is hard to do when you don't get to talk on regular terms without coded messages left through hacker message boards.
The main issue I had with this book is that although it had all of the action and fast paced adventure that I enjoyed from the first book, I didn't feel like they really got anywhere. That they were going through these raids, which at times seemed almost too easy. If the company Pike and Dolan was so huge and had the pull to do so many experiments and nobody could stop them, then how come they couldn't fight against a  group of teenagers trying to 
bring down their whole operation.

Noa's character had a lot on her plate on the sequel  she was the leader of the west coast group of Persefone's Army and she felt responsible for each of the kids that were in their group. She is still dealing with the aftermath of the mysterious operation that was done on her and the side effects from the  operation. Pike and Dolan are after her because she is still alive after the surgery and she is very important to their cause and she keeps walking right into their grasp and walking out unscathed and it almost didn't seem like they were  trying to capture her at all.

 Overall, I enjoyed this thriller although at times it seemed all too easy for their rag tag group to  beat this huge company that is kidnapping kids all over the country. I didn't always feel believable that they couldn't do anything to shut these kids down. But, overall Don't Look Now kept me reading until the very last page. 

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