A Dystopian Time Travel Sci-Fi Thriller
Date Published: April 25, 2023
Publisher: Elite Online Publishing
When esteemed scientist James Blackwell finds himself behind bars at StormRidge Correctional Facility, his singular goal is escaping, not back into society through the prison gates, but into another world through a wormhole.
With help from other inmates on the inside, and powerful political allies on the outside, James locates the wormhole beneath the prison campus. When four other inmates discover the horrible injustices inside the American prison system, they join James in the escape.
Once on the other side, James and his friends find themselves one hundred years in the future. Amid a dystopian world with dangers lurking around every corner, this new world reveals the treacherous impact of environmental destruction and political greed.
After briefly experiencing freedom and discovering the world is not what it used to be, James and his friends are captured and imprisoned once again. Four of them escape, leaving one behind, along with James’ most prized possession: the notebook containing his scientific research.
Traveling back to the past they know requires finding the coordinates of the wormhole. But with James’ notebook out of hand, the future of his friends, and society itself, hang in the balance.
Time travel and “Zombies!”
Escape Velocity is a new science fiction/dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel by debut author Victoria Romanski. It has so much story and excitement happening that I didn’t want to put it down. The book features an ensemble cast of characters, so while Dr. James Blackwell is the main character, readers are treated to viewpoints from several more interesting and compelling personalities. I may even have liked some of these secondary characters more than Dr. Blackwell.
The story begins in a prison setting, already a tense situation, but heads directly to a destroyed American city 100 years in the future. The author’s descriptions of the locations are vivid, so I could ‘see’ and ‘hear’ and ‘smell’ the destruction the characters encountered. I found the dystopian society and post-apocalyptic world-building robust, with fresh takes on the popular trope that made this vision of the future unique. The exposition is nicely worked into the fast-paced action, so no ‘information dump’ slows this down. The author peels the story away like the layers of an onion with little reveals that surprised me from start to finish. I kept reading this one way past a sensible bedtime.
With engaging characters, non-stop action, and easy-to-read writing that gives a fresh perspective on this genre, I recommend ESCAPE VELOCITY to readers who enjoy stories of time travel, dystopian societies, and post-apocalyptic worlds.
About the Author
Victoria Romanski’s passion for writing science fiction evolved from early interests in time travel and social justice, resulting in a novel vision of what the future could hold for us all.
A diligent spectator of political discourse and current societal issues, she crafts stories with themes that explore familiar topics, but with a dystopian twist. Victoria considers these subjects valuable to engage with while expressing her craft in fresh and inventive ways.
A storyteller at heart, Victoria enjoys learning about other cultures through global travel. She uses her role as an observer of human behavior to explore avenues to make the world a better place.