A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Don't Let Go, the final volume in Michelle Gagnon's trilogy that includes Don't Turn Around and Don't Look Now, is a fast-paced, fairly realistic cyberthriller about teen hackers waging war against a sinister corporation that performs illegal medical experiments on unsuspecting runaways. There's a good deal of violence, including the use of Tasers, guns, and explosives. Until this volume's climax, little of the mayhem is deadly. The language is salty, with frequent uses of "hell" and "damn" and less frequent uses of "bitch," "bastard," "a--hole," and "s--t." There's little room in the plot for sexual content. One couple kisses, hugs, and flirts, but the two teens pull away from becoming too physically intimate.
What's the story?
Constantly on the run from well-equipped thugs, Noa, Peter, Teo, and Daisy must live by their wits to survive. But Noa's time is running out, her body ravaged by medical experimentation. The only solution seems to be to return to the scene of the original crime and face down the man behind the conspiracy. Each of the quartet must decide whether to put his or her life on the line for the others.
Is it any good?
DON'T LET GO does an exemplary job of wrapping up all the plot threads from Don't Turn Around and Don't Look Now. Although there's an unusual new addition and a surprising resurrection, the cast of characters has been whittled down to its basics, which focuses the suspense and keeps the narrative running smoothly.
The seemingly endless series of cliffhangers might feel a little exhausting for some readers, but author Michelle Gagnon generally does a good job of orchestrating a final showdown that feels credible and delivers a solid punch.
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- Author: Michelle Gagnon
- Genre: Mystery
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: August 26, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
- Number of pages: 352
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: March 10, 2020
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