Book one in the Seventeen Series
A young adult adventure story set in the Australian outback.
The world we know has changed. Imagine a world where everything you grew up with is gone. No television, no internet, no shopping centres and no adults. When a catastrophic virus kills everyone above the age of seventeen, life on earth suddenly becomes a battle for survival.
As the virus hits Australia, two sisters, Lexi and Hadley, find themselves alone and vulnerable. With gangs roaming the streets they no longer feel safe in their home and must flee the city in search of a safe place to live.
Seeking sanctuary, the girls head to the small town of Jasper's Bay in the Western Australian countryside. They soon discover that the quiet looking town in not as peaceful as it first seemed. The sisters are abruptly thrown into bitter conflict leading to mistrust, betrayal and murder.
In a world without adults and without rules, they must decide who they can trust before it's too late.
How long could you survive in a world without adults? Who could you turn to? Who could you trust?
Winner of the New Apple YA Sci-Fi/Horror e-book awards
About the Author
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. Her current home is in Perth with her husband, two daughters and cat Abby. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Science Degree, and her interests include watching movies, travelling, photography, running and reading. She also enjoys going to comic book and science fiction conventions! Suzanne has an adventurous spirit and has had the opportunity to experience many exciting adventures including swimming with Whale Sharks on Ningaloo reef, climbing to Mt Everest base camp in Nepal, descending into one of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, flying in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings, parachuting from a plane at 12000 feet in York, Western Australia and sitting on the edge of an active volcano on Tanna island in Vanuatu! In 2019 Suzanne has won the award for best Sci fi/Horror in an e-book in the New Apple literary awards for her YA novel Seventeen and received a bronze medal from Readers' Favorite International Writers' Literary competition for her children's novel The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket. In 2020, she was awarded a Book Excellence Award in Pre-Teen Literature for the Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket and awarded a Bronze medal for her YA novel Seventeen from Readers' Favorite in Science Fiction. Suzanne is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Travel Writers Association, Australian Society of Authors and the Australian Science Fiction Society. Her published works include; Seventeen, book one in the Seventeen Series. A YA dystopian adventure story set in Australia. Rage, book two in the Seventeen Series. The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket, a pirate adventure story for middle grade children The Pirate Princess and the Sirens' Song, the second book in the Pirate Princess Series. Suzanne's author website is www.Suzanneloweauthor.com Instagram is www.instagram.com/suzannelowe.author/ Facebook is www.facebook.com/suzanneloweauthor/
Suzanne's writing is compelling and I enjoyed the vivid descriptions and her world building. 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 narrative and keeps the reader utterly engaged.
I really enjoyed Seventeen for so many reasons. I fell in love with many of the characters, especially Lexi, and loved to hate others. The story had me engaged from start to finish and I really enjoyed witnessing the slow and steady crumble of 'normal', mundane society into a world where new rules and power groups have to be formed by kids and teens!