The world as we know it has changed

Young Adult - Adventure
334 Pages
Reviewed on 12/18/2016
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Author Biography

Suzanne was born in Perth Western Australia and as a young adult, grew up in the small country town of Tom Price, situated in the outback of Western Australia. The summers were often very hot and dusty and she would spend her weekends with her friends, swimming in the cool water of the gorges, trying to escape the heat. As she grew to adulthood she travelled extensively throughout Australia and grew to love the unique and diverse landscapes of the country. Suzanne’s current home, is in Perth with her husband, two teenage daughters and black and white cat Abby.
She has a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Sport Science and has worked as a library assistant, personal trainer and barista.
Suzanne’s favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy and she particularly enjoys watching movies and reading books with dystopian style scenarios. Some of her favourite authors include, John Marsden, Suzanne Collins, Anne Rice, Stephen Donaldson and of course J.K Rowling.
Her novel, Seventeen, came about as she wanted to write a story for young adults, that featured two sisters having to survive in a world, that was suddenly vastly different from one they had grown up in. One without adults or any rules. This was a scenario that her own two teenage daughters would often discuss and theorise about at the dinner table. She wanted to set the story in Australia, somewhere that is quite isolated and a unique setting for most dystopian stories.

    Book Review

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.