I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Joshua David Bellin’s sequel to his amazing post apocalyptic debut SURVIVAL COLONY 9. SCAVENGER OF SOULS continues the story and had me riveted from the very first page. I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for this fantastic book which launches tomorrow. You can check out my review for SCAVENGER OF SOULS on goodreads:
About the book: Querry Genn is running out of time. He may have saved his survival colony and defeated a nest of the monstrous Skaldi, but that doesn’t mean he has any more answers to who he is. And Querry’s mother, Aleka, isn’t talking. Instead, she’s leading the colony through a wasteland of unfamiliar territory. When they reach Aleka’s destination, everything Querry believed about his past is challenged.
In the middle of a burned-out desert, an entire compound of humans has survived with plenty of food and equipment. But the colonists find no welcome there, especially from Mercy, the granddaughter of the compound’s leader. Mercy is as tough a fighter as Querry has ever seen—and a girl as impetuous as he is careful. But the more Querry learns about Mercy and her colony, the more he uncovers the gruesome secrets that haunt Mercy’s past—and his own.
With threats mounting from the Skaldi and the other humans, Querry must grapple with the past and fight to save the future. In the thrilling conclusion to the story that began with Survival Colony 9, Joshua David Bellin narrates a tale of sacrifice, courage against overwhelming odds, and the fateful choices that define us for a lifetime.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: August 23, 2016
For order links, visit http://joshuadavidbellin.com/my-books/
Available in hardcover and e-book
Praise for Josh’s first book, Survival Colony 9:
Tantalizing mysteries abound among the human and inhuman inhabitants of the bleak landscape, and the post-apocalyptic plot is satisfyingly full of twists.—Booklist
Joshua David Bellin brings serious game in a post-apocalyptic thriller that collides breathless action with devious world building and genuine heart. A terrific novel!—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and V-Wars
Set in a gritty post-apocalyptic world, Survival Colony 9 is both an adventure and an exploration of what it means to be human.—Margaret Peterson Haddix, New York Times bestselling author of the Missing Series
I asked Josh about the series and whether there will be more “survival” stories and how he conducted research for the books: Here’s his response: I consider the Survival Colony series complete in the sense that Scavenger of Souls wraps up Querry Genn’s story. But I’ve been thinking about how much fun it would be to write a prequel, narrating the events before Querry’s time: the wars, the first appearance of the Skaldi, the rise of the survival colonies. We’ll see if that ever comes to fruition!
Regarding the research I do for a series like this: since it’s science fiction, I had to make sure the fiction was founded in science. So, for example, a few of the things I had to research were how long canned goods remain edible, which parts of a truck’s engine could crack due to heat, how viruses overwhelm host cells, and what scientists have discovered about certain types of bacteria that live directly off electrons. No matter how seemingly bizarre the events were in the book, I wanted them to have plausible explanations!
About the author:
Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). He taught college for twenty years, wrote a bunch of books for college students, then decided to return to fiction. Survival Colony 9 is his first novel, with the sequel, Scavenger of Souls, set to release on August 23, 2016. A third YA science fiction novel, the deep-space adventure/romance Freefall, will appear in 2017.
Josh loves to read, watch movies, and spend time in Nature with his kids. Oh, yeah, and he likes monsters. Really scary monsters.
To find out more about Josh and his books, visit him at the following: