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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
In Seventeen, Suzanne Lowe creates a terrifying world for readers to navigate, an environment that is barren and desolate, devoid of the amenities and the pleasures we enjoy in the world today. Everyone above the age of seventeen has been killed by a deadly virus. In the Australian outback, two sisters, Lexi and Hadley, feel like their life can never be the same again and they feel threatened as days go by. Now, they make the decision to find solace in the small town of Jasper's Bay. But can this seemingly quiet town offer them the protection they have been looking for? The reader is thrown into a world where crime is rank and rife and where there is no law. Follow these two sisters in a tale of betrayal, intrigue, and murder.
Suzanne Lowe’s writing is compelling and I enjoyed the vivid descriptions and her world building. She succeeds in awakening powerful emotions in readers, creating characters that are three-dimensional. It is interesting how the desolation of the setting reflects the mood of the key characters at some moments. The plot is gritty and gripping, well-imagined and executed with unusual skill. The dialogues are engaging and they feel natural. This is a book that made me think a lot of the world depicted in the movie “I am Legend.” Seventeen creates a seamless blend of adventure and dystopia, enabling readers to follow the tale of survival of two sisters in a dangerous world. The feeling that anything could go wrong at any moment permeates the entire narrative and the author makes great use of this feeling to drive the plot and keep readers utterly engaged. This is a delightful read indeed.