In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can’t wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and its 99% of rejects.
Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight through the feed at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.
When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what’s happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it’s time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.
Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices—and the enemies—he made in the past?
FREEFALL will be released on September 26, 2017. You can pre-order a copy from your local bookstore through IndieBound, or you can find the book on Amazon, Simon & Schuster, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers! If you’d like a signed copy, preorder it from a Pittsburgh-area bookseller such as The Penguin Bookshop, Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Classic Lines, or Rickert & Beagle, and I’ll sign it before they ship it to you!
THE SURVIVAL COLONY SERIES
BOOK 2: SCAVENGER OF SOULS
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 taken over the colony and is leading them through a wasteland of unfamiliar territory. But 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.
BOOK 1: SURVIVAL COLONY 9
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.
Order Survival Colony 9 from Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Pittsburgh, where my launch party was held. Or locate the nearest independent bookstore through IndieBound and ask them about Survival Colony 9. (As a Pittsburgh native, I’m partial to Classic Lines bookstore, just blocks from where I grew up!) You can also order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, and other online retailers.
For teachers and librarians: a CURRICULUM GUIDE for Survival Colony 9 is available through Share My Lesson!
My first Survival Colony 9 video is up on YouTube! Watch it here!
And there’s a new feature on my site: “9 on 9,” behind-the-scenes info on Survival Colony 9! Running on the 23rd of each month until my release in September, with a chance to find out more about the book and win great prizes!
I’m also offering SURVIVAL COLONY 9 signed swag! Drop me a line through the “contact” form on my website and I’ll send it to you!
If you’re interested in monsters like I am, you might also like my book Framing Monsters, which covers monster movies from the classic era to the present. Available through Indiebound, and other online sellers.
And if you’re a Wizard of Oz fan, check out my short story “Scarecrow,” which tells the Oz tale from the straw man’s point of view. (Hint: he has a thing for Dorothy!) It’s available for digital download at the Untreed Reads store.