Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: Seventeen

Seventeen Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ah, the dystopian novel, quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Here Suzanne Lowe gives us what most teenagers probably think they want - no adults - and quickly teaches them to be careful what they wish for. Sisters Lexi and Hadley are Australian teens orphaned by the adult killing virus known as KV17. Safe for only a short time in their family home, eventually they set off to find security with others like them. Lexi and Hadley are welcomed into the community of Jasper's Bay by the surviving young inhabitants and set about making a new life. As it turns out, it isn't as easy as adults made it look and they struggle. Pepper in a sadistic antagonist named Broc and his band of cruel misfits, KV17 mutating into God only knows what, and Lexi quickly reaching the age of uncertainty and you have Seventeen; 337 pages of dark foreboding mixed with just the right amount of lighthearted humor, the quintessential good people versus evil people conflict, and a story that will resonate with any teen or young adult. Fully fleshed out characters, realistic scenarios, and exemplary writing garners this novel a five star review.

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