Book Review: Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe


ISBN 978-1541008892

Genre: Fiction/ Young Adult

Publishers: CreateSpace

Price: Rs. 353/-  ( I got the book for review from the author)
Behind the Book

Imagine a world where everything you grew up with is gone.

No TV, no internet, no shopping centres... and no adults. When a catastrophic virus kills everyone above the age of seventeen, life on Earth becomes a battle for survival.

As the virus hits Australia, sisters Lexi and Hadley find themselves alone and vulnerable. With the increasing threat, they no longer feel safe in their home and 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 town is not as peaceful as it first seemed. The girls are thrown into a 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 is too late.

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. 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 theorize 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.

Suzanne is currently writing a non-fictional book about travelling, and plans to write a follow up book to Seventeen in the future.

One look at the cover and I went "WOW"! Another look at the blurb and I went double WOW! This book looked like an exciting roller coaster, I couldn't wait to explore.

Based in Perth, the story revolves around two sisters Lexi and Hadley who are facing the worst crisis of their life. A deadly virus has spread across the world, which strangely affects only the adults. It has reached Australia and affected their parents as well leaving them to fend for themselves. Before they can understand the gravity of the whole situation thieves attack their house forcing them to run away from the only thing that was left of theirs, home. On the way they pick up another kid who is in a similar situation as theirs and reach Jasper's Bay a nearby town which is a model community that survives on solar power. Fortunately they are allowed to stay there. Slowly as they are getting used to their new surroundings they come face to face with a bully within the community. The menace just keeps multiplying day by day leaving them with no choice but to fight their own battles as now, it was a question of their survival.

With characters that are heart warming and endearing, the author tells a tale which left me numb. Numb because of the possibility of this happening very soon, the near future was here within palpable distance. Moreover the descriptions of the aftermath are so realistic that I had goosebumps trying to imagine all of them for real.

The author has kept the tone lucid and engaging. And at the same time, told the story with utmost honesty. Living in a world without adults is like the perfect fantasy for every teenager. Highlighting the cons of such a world, the author shows us the extent to which the damage can happen. A world where you cannot find anything familiar and it reeks of greed and deceit. Living in such a surrounding in itself can kill an individual, that is if they manage to survive the poisonous virus in the air. Sounds scary, isn't it? That is the stuff our nightmares are made of and here the author has done a brilliant attempt at turning them into a reality.

This is one book I would like to recommend to all YA/ Dystopian genre lovers for it is an engrossing read, a total page turner that will leave you asking for more!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Rajgire ke kheer -  Fully loaded in every bite!