Scavenger of Souls
By: Joshua David Bellin
Released: August 23, 2016
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*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed Scavenger of Souls. I haven't read the first book, Survival Colony 9, yet, but I was assured before reading Scavenger of Souls that it could read as a standalone. I can definitely now confirm that you can read this as a standalone. The first chapter did a really great job with recapping what I believe happened in Survival Colony 9 and introducing the reader to this world and characters. The only thing that I felt like I may have missed with reading this duology out of order is the connection that the characters made with each other in the first book. However, I will certainly be picking up Survival Colony 9 eventually and I'm excited to get into more of the details of what happened to Querry before everything in Scavenger of Souls. I personally loved the idea of being able to read these books out of order though.
Scavenger of Souls is the story of Querry and the other members of Survival Colony 9 who are on the move under the command of Querry's mother. Querry's mother is keeping secrets though and Querry wants answers. However once they finally do make it to a compound, they aren't welcomed.
Querry was an interesting and realistic protagonist. He's fifteen years old, but doesn't remember the past fourteen years of his life. He has so many questions about his past, but his mother isn't immediately forthcoming with those answers. He's constantly being thrown around into these tough scenarios and is forced to make difficult decisions. I really liked how his motivation behind those decisions was clear though. There were also several interesting side characters too, but my favorite was definitely Mercy. She was such an awesome, intelligent, and tough character. I loved getting to know her as the story progressed.
The plot was paced fairly well and there was a lot of action. There were a few moments where I felt like the story was dragging along a bit though and it felt repetitive. However, I really liked all of the twists and there were definitely a couple that took me by surprise. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the setting though. This world that Bellin created was so fascinating and scary. I really enjoyed learning about the Skaldi.
Overall, I really enjoyed Scavenger of Souls. If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, then I definitely recommend picking this one up.