Monday, March 3, 2014

The Darker Side of Querry Genn in Survival Colony Nine


 Everyone has a dark side, right? Everyone has secrets.

But what would you do if you woke up one morning and didn’t know anyone you used to know? What would you do if everything you used to know about your friends and family had become a secret?

That’s the situation Querry Genn, the fourteen-year-old narrator of Survival Colony Nine, finds himself in. Querry suffers from traumatic memory loss, so he doesn’t know who anyone is--including himself. And that’s especially bad in Querry’s world, a future world where small colonies fight for existence in the aftermath of catastrophic wars. In this world, memory is both incredibly fragile and incredibly precious. So much of the past has been lost, the survivors can’t afford to lose any more.

So Querry struggles to recover his memory, to remember the people in Survival Colony Nine, to relearn the drills and rituals necessary to survive in the hostile desert the planet has become. But Querry can’t recall anything that occurred before his trauma, and he grows more frustrated and impatient with each passing day.

But that’s not the worst of it.

The worst of it is the Skaldi, creatures that appeared on the planet after the wars of destruction. No one knows what they are or where they came from, but one thing is certain: they possess the ability to consume human beings and mimic the people they consume. Without remembering the members of the colony, Querry can’t be certain anyone is who they say they are. Anyone could be Skaldi in disguise.

His father. His former friends. The colony’s scouts. Anyone.

Even himself.

The darker side of Querry Genn is this uncertainty, the fact that he doesn’t know who to trust, who to believe. The darker side of Querry Genn is the hidden self that might lie within him, or within those closest to him. That hidden self might be an actual monster. But it’s also the terrible doubt he carries, the feelings of suspicion he can’t admit to anyone.

The darker side of Querry Genn is made much darker by his own inability to see.

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