The 17 by Mike Kilroy, published by Fishtail Publishing has been called a cross between “The Hunger Games” and “The Breakfast Club”. Others have compared it to “The Lord of the Flies” both because it’s a coming of age story and because of the dystopian world it presents. Told in 3 parts or books, it begins with the abduction of Zack, an ordinary 17-year-old boy from Maine, by the Ankhs, who live on a distant planet. Convinced that their civilization can only be saved by something they call a “spark”, the Ankhs have devised a plan to create one by pulling together a group of 17 teenagers from all over the galaxy and pitting them against each other in various contests, trials and brutal challenges, both physical and mental. Zack becomes involved with one of the other 17, a girl named Mizuki, and together they must navigate the torturous new world they’ve been taken to. The tasks present them with trials unlike any they have ever encountered and they find that both their values and their very lives are at stake. As they navigate this new world they find comfort in each other and form alliances with members of the 17 in order to survive.
The plot of Dan Kilroy’s novel is complex, well-crafted and presents a completely fleshed out alternate world that Zack and Mizuki now inhabit. Full of ingenious plot twists and unexpected events, this is a science fiction/fantasy about young adult romance that adults will find thrilling, compelling and constantly surprising.
Mike Kilroy wrote his
first book when he was 8 years old and has been writing ever since. An award-winning journalist for more than two decades, Kilroy is also the author of the best-selling, post-apocalyptic “Nine Meals.”