Book one in the Seventeen Series
Winner of the New Apple YA Sci-Fi and Horror literary award.
A young adult adventure story set in the harsh Australian outback.
The world we know has changed. Imagine a world where everything you grew up with is gone. No television, no internet, no shopping centres and no adults. When a catastrophic virus kills everyone above the age of seventeen, life on earth suddenly becomes a battle for survival.
As the virus hits Australia, two sisters, Lexi and Hadley, find themselves alone and vulnerable. With gangs roaming the streets they no longer feel safe in their home and must 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 looking town in not as peaceful as it first seemed. The sisters are abruptly thrown into 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's too late.
How long could you survive in a world without adults? Who could you turn to? Who could you trust?
Reviews for Seventeen
5 star review by Christian Sia for Readers Favorite
"This is a captivating story written in a style that is crisp and interesting. Readers will be grabbed by the pathos, grit and evocative prose. I enjoyed every bit of this story, especially the unpredictability of the plot."
5 star review by Romuald Dzemo for Readers Favorite
"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."
5 stars by Rabia Tanveer for Readers Favorite
"I loved this novel although I am not a big fan of dystopian stories. There is something about the way it was written that had me hooked. I particularly liked the Lexi and how she took charge of the situation. I also enjoyed the little hints of humour along with the twisted, dark world. Very enjoyable!"
5 star Review by Amazon Reader
"A fantastic tale of survival and adaptation, this book was engaging until the end! It is somewhat reminiscent of John Marsden's 'The Tomorrow Series', with the teenage Australian protagonists having to quickly find their way in a world that has been drastically changed by a catastrophic event. The story becomes quite dark as they encounter the worst of human nature along the way.
I look forward to reading more from this author!"