Welcome to Friday Fiction #1
I am going to try to do a Friday post (most weeks) on what I’ve been reading or what has taken my fancy and what I’d like to read.
This was on my list 12 things to do before turning 60 – to write more book reviews and share them on my blog. I’m an avid reader and have set a goal for my 2020 Reading Challenge, you’re very welcome to follow along on my progress. Also please leave any suggestions you may have!
Over the years I have enjoyed reading a wide range of fiction, and took a shine to YA novels, way past the time I was a young adult!
So this week, with the outbreak of Coronavirus, I just happened to pick to read Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe, which is a series based on the premise that a virus has swept the world taking out most adults. How timely was that??
It must have kept me interested because I finished it within a day and then the next day devoured the sequel Rage. And lately that’s a bit unusual for me.
For some reason, maybe stress, I haven’t managed to sit and read much. It took me ages to finish Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, which was also a bit of a disturbing read, given the world today!
This is the blurb from Goodreads:
Book one in the YA Seventeen Series set in the Australian outback.
Can you imagine a world where everything you grew up with is gone? No adults, no internet, no rules. Could you survive?
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 learn to adapt before it is too late?
Winner of the New Apple YA horror/Sci-Fi award.
Australian spelling and slang used. Contains mild violence.
A virus taking over the world? Sounds familiar!
I read this book straight after The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, and as the Coronavirus is sweeping the world and bushfires have decimated much of Australia! Not the best timing.
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.My review on Goodreads and Amazon
Book 2 is called Rage and follows the group on their quest to survive, with the added issue of the virus mutating once teenagers get to age 17. It was equally as engrossing.
Book two in the exciting YA Seventeen Series set in the Australian outback.
“Revenge. It was all he could think about.
His body ached for it, burned for it like a relentless fire waiting to be quenched. It was all he wanted.”
With the KV17 virus now in its mutated form and the older children infected, they face an uncertain future. As they attempt to find a cure, an old enemy unexpectedly returns, creating tension and turmoil throughout Jasper’s Bay. When hostilities increase, Lexi must face her fears and suppress the rage building inside her.
Will the virus take hold or can she maintain control? How can you defeat an enemy when it is part of who you are?
Another great read
This was a good sequel to Seventeen and was well paced and action packed. I enjoyed following the group of characters and watching their new lives unfold.
I did find a few basic editing issues a tad offputting but managed to read on!!
Looking forward to the final book in this series.My review on Goodreads and Amazon
I liked the timeliness of these books, which was purely coincidental, but made them more real in some way. I know a virus is a common theme in many of these type of apocalyptic stories but this hit very close to home at the moment.
Being set in Australia was also a positive for me and the characters were well drawn. It was a bit of escapism for me and a break from reality in some ways – but it also is a case of truth being stranger than fiction!
Yes these books are aimed at young adults but that doesn’t preclude ‘real’ adults from reading them or even those adults who consider themselves as young at heart!Tweet
If you enjoy YA or Sci-fi books then these might be of interest to you. Apparently there will be a final book in the serires but I’m not sure when this will come out. I can’t remember how I found about this series, whether it was recommended by someone or not, but I do know I got them both for free with Kindle Unlimited. The least I can do is write a review and share!
So what are you currently reading?
Leave me a quick comment with what you’re reading at the moment.
I’ve now moved onto a much deeper read, one that’s not fiction, It’s OK that you’re not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, by Megan Devine. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Thanks for joining me in my first Friday Fiction and I look forward to reading with you again soon.
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