Sunday, July 7, 2019

Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe - Book Tour & Review


Imagine a world where everything you grew up with is gone. No adults, no internet, no rules.
The world is facing the deadliest virus ever known.
When the KV17 virus kills everyone above the age of seventeen, life becomes a battle of survival for the children left behind. Seeking to escape the escalating violence in the city, two sisters, Lexi and Hadley flee to the Australian outback. Finding sanctuary in the small town of Jasper’s Bay, they soon realise it is far from safe, as a gang of lawless teenagers terrorise the town.
Caught in a bitter feud leading to betrayal, deceit and murder, the girls must quickly uncover who their enemies are, and who they can trust.
In a world drastically changed from everything they once knew; can the sisters and children of Jasper’s Bay learn to adapt? Can they maintain control of their town, and protect it from those who would destroy it?

Book One in the YA Seventeen Series
Winner of the New Apple YA horror/Sci-Fi award

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My Review
 Seventeen is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel set in Australia. I was already sold because A) I love the genre, and B) I love Australia, even though I've never been. I was excited to read this book because the premise sounded interesting and the cover was nifty. A virus created as a weapon is accidentally released and all of the adults die. It reminded me a little bit of Michael Grant's Gone series, where a dome appears over a small town in California and all of the adults disappear. Unfortunately, though, Seventeen didn't hold a handle to that series, and it fell a little flat for me.

I honestly didn't care much for either sister. Both of them acted way more immature than they should have. While I could give Hadley a pass, seeing as she was young, Lexi, who is sixteen, sometimes behaved like a six year old. There were quite a few times I wanted to shake her and say, "Why aren't you using common sense?" I understand the sisters being terrified to be on their own after their parents die from some strange virus, but honestly, I felt like Lexi should have been more intelligent when it came to certain situations.

I think the only characters I even remotely liked were Jason (I believe that was his name) and Ethan. But even they could have been a little more developed.

The story itself wasn't as strong as I would have liked for a post-apocalyptic novel. It felt more like a diary rather than a story. Too much telling, not enough showing. There was also a really awful amount of noticeable editing errors. As someone who proofreads for authors, I struggled to get through the story because of the mishaps with punctuation and spelling.

I really wanted to like this story. I truly did. But it just wasn't my cup of tea. I did really like the cover, and I thought a few of the characters were decent people. I also enjoyed and appreciated the setting of the story. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough for me to rate it more than 2.5 stars.

Author Bio: 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, majoring in Sports Science. Her interests include watching movies, particularly sci- fi, travelling, photography and reading. She also enjoys going to the occasional comic book convention! 
Like the young women in her stories, Suzanne has had the opportunity to experience many exciting adventures in her life so far including being part of the Australian Army Reserves, climbing to Mt Everest base camp, 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 and sitting on the edge of an active volcano on Tanna island in Vanuatu.
Suzanne is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Australian Society of Authors. 

Her published works include;
Seventeen, Book One in the Seventeen Series. A YA dystopian adventure story set in Australia. Winner of the New Apple E-book awards in YA horror and Sci-Fi
Rage, Book Two in the Seventeen Series. A YA dystopian adventure story set in Australia. Available August 2019
The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket, a pirate adventure story for middle grade children

Suzanne’s author website is

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