Joshua David Bellin – Survival Colony 9

Survival Colony 9Joshua-Bellin-author of Survival Colony 9Joshua David Bellin has written three nonfiction works. This is his first fiction. Amazon does a good job of setting up the situation:

In a future world of dust and ruin, fourteen-year-old Querry Genn struggles to recover the lost memory that might save the human race.
Querry is a member of Survival Colony Nine, one of the small, roving groups of people who outlived the wars and environmental catastrophes that destroyed the old world. The commander of Survival Colony Nine is his father, Laman Genn, who runs the camp with an iron will. He has to–because heat, dust, and starvation aren’t the only threats in this ruined world.
There are also the Skaldi.
Monsters with the ability to infect and mimic human hosts, the Skaldi appeared on the planet shortly after the wars of destruction. No one knows where they came from or what they are. But if they’re not stopped, it might mean the end of humanity.
Six months ago, Querry had an encounter with the Skaldi–and now he can’t remember anything that happened before then. If he can recall his past, he might be able to find the key to defeat the Skaldi.
If he can’t, he’s their next victim.

This is not a book to read if you happen to be vacationing in a desert climate anywhere. The heat, the dust, the desperation come very vividly through it. It’s very uncomfortable to imagine living in such a desperate situation. The struggle against the desiccated environment would be bad enough, but to be constantly looking over your shoulder for a vicious attack or wondering if one of the people in your small band has been taken over by an alien without your being aware, would have already strained nerves on a hair trigger.

And, without giving out any spoilers, I can say on top of that, not everything Querry knows about life, his situation and those around him is true and there are some major revelations that will have readers rethinking everything

But its not just about plot – there are some very real characters here, not cardboard cutouts. And because our hero has memory issues, we learn about his world along with him, no big chunks of exposition. It’s a lot more organic feeling

Survival Colony 9 works on both a deep psychological level and as a sometimes-explosive action-oriented adventure.

You can hear our interview with Joshua David Bellin, recorded in August, by clicking on the grey podcast bar at the bottom. The title goes on sale Sept. 23

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Twitter: @TheYAGuy

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