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Survival Colony Nine

(Survival Colony 9 #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  138 reviews
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 ru
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Kristen Lippert-Martin
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I swear I have dust and grit in my mouth from reading this book. The sensory detail and the vividness of this story were the first things to impress me. This is no thinly built apocalyptic world. Querry Genn and his fellow survivors are fighting for their lives in this desperate landscape and not for one minute do you doubt that their struggle is real. Surviving a single day in this barren, dangerous world is an amazing feat, and no one takes for granted that he's going to do it again tomorrow. ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had more questions by the time I finished reading this than I have for any other story.

It's about a group of people who are running from creatures that are trying to kill them. We never find out what the creatures really are, where they came from, how many there are, etc. We don't know anything about the rest of the planet - just this one group endlessly trudging through the desert living on almost nothing for food and water. Why didn't they leave the desert? Why did they come to the desert t
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading a good post apocalyptic novel every so often. I found some of them like The Hunger Games and Divergent series, or Orleans by Sherri L. Smith to be fascinating and exciting reads. Others I've read have ranged from mildly interesting to somewhat boring or confusing. Survival Colony Nine was a bit of all of those things. I found the first three quarters or more of the book to be less than exciting or interesting. In fact I fell asleep many times after reading only a few pages. I jus ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"People don't change, Querry. We're the descendants of the madmen who destroyed the planet. Why should we be any different?"

This one was just weird
It had me pretty solid until about chapter 15. Then it just go off in a direction that I couldn't quite understand or like.

Querry was easy to like. I did like getting to know the whole colony - even seeing the struggle with Yov and Wali. It was realistic even if I didn't like it.

The skaldi were equally fascinating and the eerie idea that w
Lindsay Cummings
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a unique book! It was totally different than what I thought it would be, and I LOVED it! The idea of the Skaldi, who aren't quite like any other "creature" in YA, was fabulously done. And Querry, the main character, was really relatable. This book also had like a million quotable lines that I think will be popping up all over tumblr in the near future, after it's released! Full review to come---great job, Joshua! I think you created a book that teen boys are going to really dig. Girls ...more
S. Martin
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-tbr
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I'm gonna start this off with a rant about a totally different book. Trust me, it's relevant to this review.

Remember that book called The 5th Wave? You know, where those "aliens" wreak havoc on the human race and supposedly want to kill off our species by, er, "destroying our humanity"? Somehow? If you're like me, you hated that book. The premise was amazing -- but the execution was awful. Yancey succumbed to the gooiest lovey-dovey story he possibly could have, with side
Chris Struyk-Bonn
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The author of Survival Colony 9 has created a desolate and barren world that hints of war, environmental disasters, and takeovers by an alien race. The humans who remain on the earth and travel nomadically in constant fear of attacks by the Skaldi, struggle with leadership, hope, and unity. Querry Genn is being groomed for leadership within the colony, but when the story begins he is unable to remember further back than six months

This book has created so many elements that examine who humans are
Amy Finnegan
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SURVIVAL COLONY NINE will keep you up at night trying to figure it all out, and think of how the author pulled off all the twists and turns throughout the story without you seeing them coming, so it's better to just reserve a day and read this book all at once! ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time with this book. I could not get into the plot and I had a hard time visualizing the world and the aliens. I was really hoping to enjoy this book, but unfortunately it was not for me.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
Originally posted at:

I received Survival Colony 9 back in September. I’d actually started it then, but for reasons I don’t remember, I stopped. I never made it past the first chapter unfortunately. And now? I finished it in one setting. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book about dystopian survival in the wilderness, and that too with a male protagonist. I couldn’t but help picturing The Scorch Trials while reading this book–I haven’t read James Da
Heather Anastasiu
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Got to read an early copy, yay for author perks, because this book is rad!

Official Blurby-Blurb:
Gripping and action packed. Just when I thought I knew what was coming, another twist would shock me. Superb!

More Heather thoughts:
Man, I love books that are wicked smart and plotty like this. Bellin is completely impressive not only with his twisty plot gymnastics, but with the character drama. This is a story about a group of people in a vast barren wilderness trying to survive against all odds. It’
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I feel like I've been repeating myself while writing reviews on 2014 copyright summer reading: there was nothing wrong or bad about this book; it just didn't offer anything new. The world has been destroyed - by us. Most humans that survived the apocalypse are now gone. Bands of survivors have colonized in small groups (50 people or so), trying to remain alive and avoid the Skaldi (body snatcher type creatures). That's about it. It's a survival story. The Skaldi are creepy, but they're not scari ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is part survival, part sci-fi, but mostly about finding identity. Querry Genn's memory has been wiped and all he knows is he's a member of one of the last survival colonies of humans. His father is the colony's leader and Genn focuses on staying in his father's good graces and staying clear of the Skaldi.

Nothing is as it seems in this novel. But I don't want to give any spoilers! Bellin paints a bleak landscape, at times creepy and at times downright scary! The explosive climax will h
Lisa Maxwell
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Survival Colony 9 is the kind of book that gives you that creeping, unsettled feeling. You know the one-- it makes you turn one page and then the next, and then the feeling gets worse, so of course, you need to read just a couple of more pages...

Seriously, though. Joshua David Bellin's YA debut is a spine-chilling, edge-of-your-seat kind of stunner. There's something about the stark, barrenness of his setting that comes alive in vivid detail. And the twists...oh, the twists.

Highly recommended if
Megan Hall
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
I DID IT!!! I’ve picked up this book about a million times and have never been able to finish it. I feel like I’ve just finished a five year marathon. Overall the ending wasn’t as great as I would have hoped but an interesting read overall. It’s not my usual cup of tea but I dug the change of pace
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Bellin definitely stumbled onto a good story here. I wish it was told a bit better and the descriptions of the Skaldi were better (I had a really hard time picturing them). I also wanted to have some seeds of mystery planted in this book more explicitly, like what ARE the Skaldi really and where did they come from? But alas. I give the author the benefit of the doubt that that comes more in to play in the second book, but I'm not sure if I'll read it. ...more
Michelle Willms
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Querry Genn is a teenager living in HSC-9 or Human Survival Colony 9. The survival colonies are small bands of humans scrabbling to survive on all that’s left of the world after the massive wars destroyed most of civilization. Of course, it wasn’t just the war that had destroyed the world. As soon as people began to band together, trying to recover after the devastation, the Skaldi appeared, leaving death in their wake.

Querry Genn lost his memory after an attack more than six months ago. He’s ha
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
It had been a very long time since I had picked up a sci-fi novel, specifically a YA dystopian, post apocalyptic one. A few years ago, it was my favorite genre. Now my tastes are more adult romance than anything. Survival Colony Nine reminded me of everything I had missed about YA dystopians. I loved it. It encouraged me to pick up more of them in the future.

Survival Colony Nine was an interesting take on the post apocalyptic genre. Due to how the plot was set up, none of the characters could be
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"Forget the past.
Fight to stay alive."

I came across this book while signing up for a blog tour and when I read the synopsis I knew I wanted to read it! I love a good survival story and this one sounded perfect!

I also loved the cover of this book. It portrays exactly what I would think of when I imagine an survival story. I am one of those people who will read a book just because the cover grabbed my attention.

This story is about a colony's fight to survive after a brutal war ravaged the ea
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
They’re on the run, fifty- one individuals of Survival Colony 9. A few years ago, most of civilization was wiped out and now small groups of individuals’ struggle to survive on what resources they can find. Their greatest threat is the Skaldis, who invade the bodies of others. The Skaldis imitate their host, controlling them and moving on to another victim once they have used up that host. It sounds like something from Alien, these monsters taking on the bodies of individuals, causing
Kelly Hager
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was ridiculously fun to read. I'm not sure what that says about me, because it's actually both bleak (dystopian is an understatement) and scary (the Skaldi are terrifying), but I had the best time with this book.

Because Querry has memory issues, we are able to learn about this world a little at a time in a way that feels organic and not annoying (no huge information dumps here). Even with his problems---and the scorn of not a few of his fellow colony members---he's a hero we can root f
Austin Aslan
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very intriguing read with a clever breed of new monsters to keep you uncertain and shaken right up to the end. SC9 is a psychological battlefield on two fronts: first--and most importantly--in the fragile minds and group psyche of the colonists, who must constantly wrestle with how to save themselves without loosing their humanity; and second, in the mind of the reader, who will enjoy no shortage of causes to second-guess with great satisfaction every development in the story.

Well-written, SC9
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Survival Colony 9.
It was ok.
pros: guy main character, no romance, memory issues that hold the key to the problem, plot flashbacks.

Cons: super slow plot that didn't get interesting to me until the last 3rd. The last 3rd was confusing though very active. It was almost too bleak a setting for me to possibly imagine 2 weeks into their future (it was set a 2 generations in after all-world war destroyed resources). The colony's survival always seemed bleak and that each day w
Kerry Cerra
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I thought I was over the dystopian craze, but I can totally see why SURVIVAL COLONY 9 was published despite a saturated market in this genre. It's so amazingly good and completely different from any other dystopian books I've read. It's hard to pick a favorite thing about SC9, but I will say that the author had a several one-liners that gave me great pause. It's rare for me to find a book that does this, but I LOVE when I do. I'd be remiss not to mention some of the chapter endings that force yo ...more
Amanda Toth
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Absolutely wonderful.

If The Walking Dead and The Road had a child, this would be it. Kinda. With so many dystopian novels vomiting all over the YA market, it's easy to get burnt out and want to go read about squirrels or something. Though, Survival Colony 9 is a fresh take on the genre. The story starts slowly, yet builds up quickly, until you can't put it down. Just when you think you have the story figured out....NOPE. Takes another turn. And another....and....maybe another.

Can we talk about t
Sarah 'henry'
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I have never read a book that could both put me to sleep and give me nightmares. the first 60% of this book was incredibly slow. I almost walked away. it started to pick up about half way through and at 80% it finally had my attention. usually when a book is made into a movie, a lot has to be cut out to get the movie to run in two hours. I'm pretty sure that wouldn't be the case with this book.
there were some loose ends left untied... perhaps setting up for a sequel? but, unusually for me, I do
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow--what a powerful story. Querry Genn's quest for survival and his very identity in a post-apocalyptic world makes for one heartrending, bleak and yet ultimately empowering journey for both him and the reader. And what descriptions along the way! I can nearly taste the dust in my mouth and feel the sun burning my skin. Nothing is sugarcoated here, so be warned. This was such a vivid, visceral experience--Bellin wields sensory details like a master. There is real humanity in these pages, with a ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Short Version: I was so sure this was going to be an absolute favorite. It wasn't bad, but it didn't blow me away as I'd hoped. It gets points for being insanely unique though. I enjoyed the story itself, but I don't really know the point. It was almost a brief glimpse into this hellish world, and then we're all done here. If there was a sequel, more to the story (including how the hell this all came to be) I would rate higher. But for now, I am left wanting a bit more.

Update: There IS a sequel.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: age 9 and up
Fans of EARTHSEA by Ursala Le Guin will enjoy SURVIVAL COLONY by Joshua David Bellin, a sci-fi novel where landscape informs the plot and character, and there is power in a name and discovering who you really are.

There is nothing objectionable in language, sex, or violence so I would recommend it to readers of any age.

I read this book on the OneFour KidLit ARC tour and was not paid nor influenced for this honest review.
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