Pittsburgh’s Joshua David Bellin, author of Survival Colony 9 (“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 and Ruin) is back with Scavenger of Souls, available on August 23rd!
From the Publisher: “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.
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.”
What comes to mind when you think of Pittsburgh?
Well, home. I’ve lived here all my life (with two detours for college and grad school). Some highlights from my youth: Three Rivers Stadium, Blue Slide Park, the pond near Flagstaff Hill where I released a huge bullfrog which then produced thousands of tadpoles, and Aiello’s Pizza.
What books are on your nightstand?
I’m reading review copies of two YA novels, Erica Cameron’s Island of Exiles and Margo Kelly’s Unlocked. (They’re both awesome, btw.) And I’m also reading a stack of literature on Robert Peary’s North Pole expeditions for a YA historical novel I’m writing called Polar.
Is there a book you’d like to see made into a film?
One of my favorite YA science fiction novels is a book called Rootless by Chris Howard. It’s about a teen who builds artificial trees for a future Earth without the real thing, and it’s got some amazing (and bizarre) imagery. I think it would translate really well to the screen!
Who would you most want to share a plate of pierogis with?
Too many people to name. But let’s start with J. R. R. Tolkien, Willie Mays, Ray Harryhausen, and the Indigo Girls. Should be a lively conversation, and maybe we can have a pierogi race afterwards at PNC Park!