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