Michelle Gagnon, author of the YA novel "Don't Turn Around," is an extraordinary talent. She has magically managed to write a piece of suspense/adventure that is on one hand entirely and intentionally derivative, and on the other hand absolutely unique.
The main character (one of two, actually) is a young clone of Lisbeth Salander, that girl with the dragon tattoo. This amazing young Scandinavian lady's name is Noa Torson, and, like Salander, she is small, tightly wound, rather strange, highly principled, very strong, and in deep trouble. Yet despite that obvious Lisbeth-Noa connection, the entire rest of the novel -- its plot strands and its themes -- is one-of-a-kind.
The beginning sets the scary tone. Noa wakes up on an operating table, not knowing where she is or how she got there. She figures out quickly that she has been the unwilling and unconscious victim of a mysterious operation. Her chest is marked by a huge painful gash. She successfully escapes her captors, and the book-long chase is on.
Noa soon meets a young computer hacker named Peter Gregory, the co-protagonist, who is also being hounded by mysterious but definitely very evil men.
It turns out that both characters' problems with their heartless pursuers are related to a horrendous, fatal illness which is becoming a nation-wide epidemic, striking down teenagers at an alarming rate.
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