BOOK 1 of the SURVIVAL COLONY series

SC9 Cover mediumIn 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 9, 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 9 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.

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)

Publication date: September 23, 2014

ISBN: 978-1481403542

Available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book


BUY 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 AmazonBarnes & NobleSimon & Schuster, and other online retailers.


What reviewers are saying about SURVIVAL COLONY 9:

Tantalizing mysteries abound among the human and inhuman inhabitants of the bleak landscape, and the postapocalyptic plot is satisfyingly full of twists.–Booklist

Readers won’t want to face the terrifying Skaldi, but they’ll enjoy reading about them–Kirkus Reviews

Survival Colony 9 will appeal to sci-fi fans who will anxiously await the planned sequel.–School Library Journal

This cautionary tale is filled with interesting plot twists, compelling characters, and gripping action. Fans of dystopian thrillers should find the conflicted protagonist’s story thought-provoking as he discovers his identity, establishes a new family, and finds hope in his desolate environment.–VOYA

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, author of The Missing Series


For teachers and librarians: a CURRICULUM GUIDE for Survival Colony 9 is available through Share My Lesson!






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