Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Scavenger of Souls by Joshua Ballin - ADVISABLE

Bellin, Joshua David  Scavenger of Souls (Survival Colony 9 #2), pgs. 356. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2016.  $18.99  PG – Language:  15-20 swears,  Content:  some violence.

Querry is now 15 years old and moving on through the desert with the survivors of Survival Colony 9 to find a place safe from the Skaldi.  Skaldi are alien creatures that feed on humans and then take over their bodies.  Once the Skaldi has taken over a human, it is hard to tell whether it is human or Skaldi. Querry has many questions.  He can’t remember who he is or how he came to be in Survival Colony 9.  His “father” was killed by the Skaldi and his mother, Aleka, isn’t filling in the blanks.  Before you know it, the Colony faces another jeopardy-filled danger.  Querry faces up to the new threat and, throughout the book, acquires the answers to his many questions.    

I found this book a little slow at the start but it picked up momentum along the way.  There were many plot twists and turns with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Querry, as the male central character was a plus, as was a strong female lead.  The story tied up all the loose ends to Querry’s story quite nicely. 

MS/HS – ADVISABLE.   M.J. Burton

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