- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3304 KB
- Print Length: 374 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0648390845
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Silvergum Publishing; 2 edition (1 July 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QL9VRRX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 38 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Seventeen: Seventeen Series Book One Kindle Edition
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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!
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I enjoyed the YA novel for what it is, a story about a virus that takes out the adults in the world leaving young teenagers to manage as best they can. The story being set in Australia is current and pretty true to form, the violence, worry and lack of order that such a change would bring is believable and the way kids would have to step up in order to survive. I will read the next in the series to find out what happens to the kids.
I look forward to reading more from this author!
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We meet Lexi and her sister Hadley, two daughters from Australia that find themselves orphaned and alone due to a virus that wiped out anyone over the age of 17. They decided that it isn't safe to stay and journey to a smaller what they appear to believe safer city to escape the dangers created by the deadly virus. The youngsters are accepted by other young survivors, however the girls soon find themselves caught up in a nasty conflict, that leads to loss of trust, betrayal and even murder.
The book was very well written and although sci-fi for young adults this coming of age story would interest older readers too. I think it would make a great movie as well.
She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Australian Society of Authors. Her first novel Seventeen, is a YA dystopian adventure story that follows two sisters, Lexi and Hadley as they try to survive in the harsh Australian outback after the KV17 virus kills every adult on Earth.
This is book 1 of the teen story, set in Australia’s distance and isolation from the rest of the world. What could keep the survivors safe and life normal?
Rage is the sequel in the Seventeen Series where Lexi, Hadley and the children of Jasper’s Bay encounter more challenges as they learn to live without the help of adults or modern society. Challenges to preserve humanity, nature, cultural heritage, coupled with fears for disastrous happenings create suspense.
We get to know the fears of young people. The virus was targeted at killing adults, which made sense if it was initially developed for warfare. The outbreak of virulent disease had permeated into the earth's atmosphere and spread worldwide. It was in the air, and you couldn't run from that. Most people decided to stay put in their towns and cities, hoping the government would come to their rescue.
Sadness and anger in search of safety and leadership. Angry at the government, angry at the world for letting this happen. All her friends had gone, and now her mother had died, and she hadn't been able to do anything about any of it!
Lexi felt helpless, conflicted. She hated feeling so utterly at the mercy of nature.Humans ruled the world, didn't they? Humans conquered the oceans, the land, even space and now a microscopic bug was conquering them. Everything looked so dead! There is description of resentment and abandonment, fear, anger among children, destruction of houses, farmlands and traditions as you will see in apocalypse movies, with anxiety quickly escalating. Specimens crawling on the rotting fruit looking for somewhere to lay its eggs, the scaring away of wildlife and so much more. Anger, resentment and fear brought conflict to the children of Jasper’s Bay
They were in search of sustainable energy, and immunity. Who'd have thought it would take a worldwide epidemic for the survivers to find out their strengths. It seemed as though when a person nears the age of seventeen or older, instead of killing them, the virus changes them instead. The virus makes them have uncontrollable rage and anger. It seems to affect their emotions.” Kids were running from him in terror as if he were a monster. It had all happened so quickly. Maybe an uncontrolled burst of anger or aggression triggered the change? Without any scientists left to study the virus, all they could do was guess. We have anger bubbling up like a volcano ready to burst out. Gangs had diabolical ways. To take an innocent person’s life for no reason at all, was shocking!
Fire burning and blazing, Flames burnt and devour in terror Glass was shattering all over the place as more bottles hit the ground and small fires started up. The thick grey smoke invaded her senses, making it difficult to see, difficult to breath. It is an exploration of skills for survival in gang battles. The landscape looked dry, barren, and uninhabitable. desolate out there. A book of battle of survival on all fronts.
24 July 2019
Lexi thought that with no school or work to go to time would just slow down. She even thought it would completely stop when her parents died, but it didn’t, life continued even if she did not want it to continue. She had to make decisions for both her and her sister. Though they wanted to stay in their family home, it was no longer safe. The only option now was to leave town, going against principles they never thought they would have to face, stealing from dead neighbors.
They join with similar minded teenagers for protection and companionship; they combined forces to ward off the older mutated teenagers who roamed the countryside taking what they wanted with an unexplainable rage.
I find this novel similar to the BBC production of Sparticle Project, though the adults in this story never come back and the virus is still alive seeking more victims. I love how the sisters stayed together even when it was very rough and worked through their differences.
Seventeen is set in Australia, only there are no adults or anyone else older than seventeen years old. I know how most teenagers would feel—I was once one of them. It meant freedom from nagging moms, and overprotective dads. Only it’s not fun and party because in this world created by Ms. Lowe, teenagers and children must fight so that they may live. There’s a kind of virus that killed all the adults, and now the older teenagers are worrying who among them will be killed and if they could even survive at all.
This is basically your another version of The Walking Dead, with teenagers scavenging for things they need from the houses of their dead neighbors, sticking together so they could ward of the older teenagers that are already infected with the virus, fighting for survival. It’s not exactly full of suspense but the endless nagging questions of what’s gonna happen next and will all of them survive in the end is so hard to ignore that you’d continue turning and turning the pages. Fans of YA dystopian novels, here’s another book for you!
A plane crash in Japan lets loose contaminants that gradually spread throughout the world and become known as the KV virus. It strangely appears to affect only adults, causing a terrible death. Upon the epidemic’s arrival in Australia, many flee the cities including the close friends of sixteen year old Lexi and her 12-year-old sister, Hadley in Perth. Their parents decide to stay in their home but also succumb and are removed by persons in contagious guard suits. No one comes to do anything about the two children and gradually they adjust until thieves invade. They decide to leave for a smaller town. Their parents’ automobile has been stolen, but their neighbors’ older car still works and has petrol sufficient to reach their destination. Since they also are dead, the two girls take the car and begin their journey. They meet another young boy along the way, take him along and just before sundown reach the small town of Jasper’s Bay. This town retains their electricity because it is a model community that had established a complete and well-functioning system of solar power. The town is inhabited only by children and is run by the eldest of them, Elisha and Ethan Mathews who were the children of the town’s Anglican priest. They are given permission to stay and matters begin to settle into place until Broc, a young bully type and his gang from outside start to upgrade attacks on the town’s children. Problems escalate further when a mutant version of the virus appears that first produces a noticeable rash on the arms and legs and is followed by increasingly uncontrollable rage and is reported as beginning to attack children when they reach seventeen. Elisha is the first to become infected and is forced from the community because of her resultant activity. Ethan, although her twin, seems immune. He is devastated however, and takes to drink. Further problems ensue to threaten the town’s already shaky survival structure when Kevin, one of the young siblings of Zac, the eldest son running the nearby only productive farm, deserts to join Broc and his gang creating devastating destruction to the town’s infrastructure. Eventually, the young town dwellers band together to fight the invaders and some order is reestablished with Lexi taking charge but as she turns seventeen, the question surfaces as to whether she will be immune or if she too will succumb.
Discussion: The author states “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 theorize 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.” The statement speaks for itself and describes exactly what was intended and what has been accomplished. As an aside, the activity of the bully Brock and his gang appear to be pictured at an appropriate level for the age group. Some further editing might have been helpful for any more mature readers, but generally the tale appears to follow the purported thought lines of her targeted audience.
Lexi and Hadley’s world is forever changed when a deadly virus wipes through the country. The author walks readers through the initial days as the virus takes over. First, people begin to die. Then, people leave town to try to hide and protect themselves. Then, the girls' parents die. At this point, all the adults are susceptible and dying – leaving the world with orphans 17 and under. At this point, the adult authorities, government organizations, and every other company run by adults starts to shut down (television, radio, the internet, and eventually electricity and water). The girls head to a country town where they discover several other kids in the same position. In this town, the children have to run the town, which turns into a Lord of the Flies type of situation.
Overall, I liked the book, but I wanted a little more. It would have been nice to have more characters developed instead of having so many minor characters to keep track of. As a former high school teacher, I would recommend this to my teen students. They would enjoy the plot and dystopian setting.
The story is highly descriptive and moves at a fast and engaging pace. The story plot is uniquely terrifying. There are no sensible adults to overcome the post-apocalyptic mess and terror, only hot-blooded teenagers and wisely courageous ones who are fighting for control and survival.
This is a thought-provoking and exciting book which both adults and teenagers would love. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good apocalyptic science fiction.
For the most part, the book was enjoyable and flows very well. I imagine that teens would love the characters, especially if they were close to them in age. For me personally, I found that the description was a little heavy-handed in parts, often obscuring the plot with details that weren’t entirely relevant. However, the style does mimic the pattern of thought for many teenagers, so it isn’t entirely a bad thing.
After I read the description, I was both excited to read the book, but oddly a bit apprehensive. The description has a few typos, which gave me pause, but I still opted to purchase the book. Being that a lot of Kindle books are independent self-published works, I do make a certain amount of allowances for grammatical and structural errors. I am only assuming Seventeen falls into this category.
After reading the book, I would say that the author, Suzanne Lowe, has much potential. I enjoyed the storyline; it has a unique twist on the apocalypse theme. I thought the ideas were, and the characters were creative. Unfortunately, I felt that Ms. Lowe missed her mark. The story wasn’t as fast-paced as most apocalypse stories, and at times, I felt the writing could have been tightened up, to make the book flow more easily.
Ms. Lowe is definitely a creative author. To the best of my knowledge, she is also a new author, though there is room to polish her writing, I think she has a good base.