Today’s blog tour is for a dystopian tale that feels scarily possible, in the shape of Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe. Many thanks to Suzanne, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
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?
As a fan of dystopian fiction, I found this book to be a refreshing change from the norm. Instead of throwing you straight into an already broken world, in a place out of time, Suzanne Lowe has taken a familiar time and place and shown just how quickly society can crumble. This, for me, made Seventeen feel scarily close to home, and in the times we are currently living, not outside the realms of possibility.
The unbelievable cruelty displayed by town kids, a ruthless group of teenagers, took me back to my school days of reading Lord of the Flies, and left me wondering just how much worse things would get before (or if) they started to improve. In contrast to this though, the resilience and kindness of the Jasper’s Bay kids did leave me with some hope.
I thought Suzanne’s decision to set Seventeen in the Australian Outback was absolutely inspired. Jasper’s Bay is a place so remote from the rest of the world that the failure of technology means it is totally cut off in a way that a town in Europe would not be. The harsh landscape and climate of Western Australia just adds to the challenges face by the kids in their fight to survive.
I am very much looking forward to reading book two in this series, and I am so glad that I don’t have to wait too much longer for it.
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, 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
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the other blogs taking part in the tour for this book.