Seventeen


Young Adult - Adventure
333 Pages
Reviewed on 03/05/2018
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Author Biography

I 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. As I grew to adulthood, I travelled extensively throughout Australia and grew to love the unique and diverse landscapes and animals of the country. My favourites Australian animals are Koalas and Quolls.
My current home is back in Perth with my husband, two teenage daughters and our cat Abby.
When I'm not working, writing, or being a mum, I love to travel to new places. I'm also a keen photographer.
My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, and I particularly enjoy watching movies and reading books with dystopian style scenarios. Some of my favourite authors include John Marsden, Suzanne Collins, Anne Rice, Stephen Donaldson and of course J.K Rowling.
My first novel Seventeen, came about as I 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 my own two teenage daughters would often discuss and theorise about at the dinner table.

I wanted to set the story in Australia, somewhere that is quite isolated and a unique setting for most dystopian stories.
I am currently writing a children's book called The Pirate Princess and plan to write the sequel to Seventeen in the future.

    Book Review

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.

Susan Sewell

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.

Christian Sia

Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe is an interesting story that follows two girls fighting for survival in a dying world. A virus has rendered the world a semi desert, killing everyone above the age of seventeen. As it hits Australia, two sisters - Lexi and Hadley - understand that their life isn’t safe anymore, so they move to the quiet town of Jasper's Bay, hoping to find security there. But the calmness of the town is just a façade that conceals a world of crime, and soon the two sisters will experience betrayal and murder. Do they have what it takes to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world where lawlessness goes unchecked?

This is a captivating story written in a style that is as crisp as it is interesting. The story starts with gripping sentences, making the reader know that things aren’t normal. And not long into the narrative, Lowe captures the severity of the conflict in an arresting way: “When the virus first hit our city, some people left town straight away, hoping to run from it. The problem was, there was nowhere to run to. The virulent disease had permeated into the earth’s atmosphere and spread worldwide.” The author creates a setting that will both delight readers and send shivers down their spines. It is attractive in a dangerous kind of way. Imagine a world without elders, a world in an utter state of devastation, and with teenagers, youngsters and babies left to themselves? This is the kind of world Suzanne Lowe’s characters inhabit. Readers will be grabbed by the pathos, the grit, and the flawless and evocative prose. I enjoyed every bit of this story, especially the unpredictability of the plot.

Rabia Tanveer

Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe is a dystopian novel set in a world ravaged by a virus that has destroyed the world as we know it. This is the story of two sisters who lost everything because of a virus called KV17 that kills anyone who is above 17 years of age. The devastation of this virus has now reached the home of two young girls named Lexi and Hadley, two sisters who lost their parents. They tried to maintain the safety of their home, but their house is no longer the sanctuary they thought it would always be.

With no parents, school or job, the sisters are no longer safe in their house. So they decide to take a bold action and leave home to find somewhere safe from the mutated beings that are roaming everywhere. They go to Jasper’s Bay, a small town where other teenagers like them have banded together for protection. However, Lexi soon realizes that nowhere is as safe as they would like to think. The world is destroying itself and there is nothing these teenagers can do. Unless someone rises above them all and takes a chance! But who will that be?

I loved this novel, although I am not a big fan of dystopian stories. There is something about the way it is written that had me hooked. The plot flowed smoothly and I enjoyed how the story had just the right pace to build my interest and keep me invested in the events. I particularly liked Lexi and how she took charge of the situation. I also enjoyed the little hints of humor along with the twisted, dark world that took the story to new heights! Simply fantastic! Very enjoyable!