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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe is a thriller about a viral epidemic that takes a toll on the human race. A plane crashes with cylindrical containers aboard that are busted open, and a virus begins spreading across the globe. Nothing seems to be able to slow it down or stop it. In its course, it is wiping out the population under the age of seventeen. After their parents die, two teenage sisters and their newly acquired dog travel away from their home and the city in which they were raised. Their objective is to find a safer environment in which to live. There is a small town that is completely solar powered a few miles outside of the city. They feel that it would be the best location for them under their present circumstances.
However, when they arrive at their destination, they are met with unexpected hostility. With a little negotiation, they are allowed to stay there for a while. A gang came behind the newly arrived citizens of the town, wreaking havoc and mayhem with the small inhabitants. The arrival of the gang places the food supply and the residents' lives in jeopardy. The very young and inexperienced populace are fighting for their survival while defending their small community from the loathsome barbarians that are endangering their homes and defiling their property. Then, it seems that the virus has mutated and the older kids that were leading them have fallen victim to it. Without adult guidance, how will they survive?
Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe is a thrilling tale about a group of teens trying to survive and protect younger children after the results of a deadly virus. The book is captivating from the beginning and will hold the reader enthralled until the final word. How can children who know nothing about the world outside of their electronics make a life for themselves without help? The fact that adults would even have a difficult time without their devices gave me pause for thought. This is a fantastic book, and I recommend it to those who enjoy apocalypse stories with a dystopian undertone.