No Escape (PERSEPHoNE #0.5) by Michelle Gagnon
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
My Copy: ePub eBook, 47 pages
Source: Free on Kobo
Gritty and heart-stopping, this short story from breakout author Michelle Gagnon also features a teaser to her thrilling debut young adult novel, Don’t Turn Around. Sixteen-year-old Alex might be living day-to-day on whatever he can steal, but he still prefers being on the run to getting caught and thrown back in juvie. Plus, he has Jenny to think of. She comes with her own world of problems, but for once Alex feels like somebody actually needs him. So when a shady organization gives Alex the chance to participate in a medical study, all he hears is easy money — and a lot of it! He’ll soon find out there’s more involved.
Honestly, I thought this short story was a bit of a pointless read. It’s a prequel to Don’t Turn Around and I would have liked something at least somewhat meaningful to be in it. For example, a back story on Zeke (a character from Don’t Turn Around). But, this story was merely about a random kid who is experimented on by the corporation. I mean, it was intense and written well and everything, but just pointless. Developing a character that probably dies and for sure never appears in the novel. But, this story is offered free on Kobo (probably other places as well, I would assume) and it includes the first 3 chapters of Don’t Turn Around. So, I suppose if you are unsure if you want to read Don’t Turn Around, then you can pick up this freebie and see if you’re into it.