The sequel minus second book syndrome, or my review of Scavenger of Souls

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Scavenger of Souls (Survival Colony 9 #2)

By: Joshua David Bellin

Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books

Publication Date: August 23rd, 2016

Format: eARC


Querry Genn must face the truth about the past and fight to save humanity and the future in this stunning sequel to Survival Colony 9, which New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called “a terrific novel.”

Querry and the members of Survival Colony 9 have defeated a whole nest of the creatures called Skaldi, who can impersonate humans even as they destroy them. But now the colony is dangerously low in numbers and supplies. Querry’s mother is in command, and is definitely taking them somewhere—but where? Some secret from her past seems to be driving her relentlessly forward.

When they do finally reach their destination, Querry is amazed to discover a whole compound of humans—organized, with plenty of food and equipment. But the colonists are not welcomed. Everything about them is questioned, especially by 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 Querry is careful. But the more Querry learns about Mercy and the others, the more he realizes that nothing around him is as it seems. There are gruesome secrets haunting this place and its people. And it’s up to Querry to unearth the past and try to save the future in this gripping conclusion to the Survival Colony novels.

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5 star (unicorn)

This is a perfect follow-up to Survival Colony 9, which I will review sometime soon when school isn’t trying to kill me. You’re welcome. That being said, you need to read Scavenger of Souls. If Survival Colony 9 was close to perfection, then Scavenger of Souls was absolutely terrific.

Joshua makes writing amazing characters look easy. Each of these beautifully crafted people is oh so human and play their roles to perfection. Their actions and descriptions are surrounded by Joshua’s amazing prose and you can’t help but love this world he has created and the people who inhabit it. Even though, you know, you probably wouldn’t want to live there. In addition to Querry and the other characters we left at the end of book one, we get Mercy. Oh, how I adore Mercy. She is my new favorite character, go find your own.

Scavenger of Souls brings a satisfying end to an amazing duology, one where there is bleakness balanced out with underlying optimism and twists and turns and deep questions give the read gravity. I can’t help but hope, though, that this isn’t really the end.

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Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. An advanced readers copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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