Noboru Ryuichi’s ‘Killing Time’ is a fast-paced thriller set in 2136, when both the civilian and prison populations have spawned out-of-control, leaving the prison system to turn to time travel. Unfortunately, one cunning serial killer figures out how to use time travel to further his own agenda.
Society may have survived the end of the Mayan calendar, but potential disaster may still loom in the future. Author Noboru Ryuichi’s science fiction thriller, Killing Time, paints an unsettling picture of 2136 that may be fiction, but has roots in some very real, non-fiction problems that society needs to address, including overpopulation and an overcrowded prison system.
In Killing Time, both have grown exponentially, and the situation is out-of-control. Although prisoners had been sent to deserted islands leading up to 2136, this solution is no longer possible. Thanks to medical advances, people are living longer and reproducing more. Every square inch of land has been claimed by the population, including the deserted islands.
In order to address the problem, the prison system must seek unique solutions to their threatening problem. They begin using time travel to send special officers back in time to determine which event in their lives sealed their fate and set them on a path of criminal behavior and attempt to alter their path, precluding them from becoming prisoners.
At first, this solution works well for them. Unfortunately, one prisoner sees it as a way to further his evil ends. The world’ most notorious serial killer, Timothy Duvey, begins manipulating time travel. Now, Special Officer Laden Kinkaid is charged with the task of locating Duvey and returning him to 2136. If he fails, Duvey potentially stands to take over the world.
It is a fast-paced thrill ride that readers will find impossible to put down. What makes the story even more compelling is its roots in problems that society will, undoubtedly, face in the future, if the general population and prison population continue to grow. For anyone who enjoyed Minority Report, Killing Time is a must-read.
Killing Time is Noboru Ryuichi’s first novel. He has written several short stories. In writing this book, he decided to fuse his love of storytelling, science fiction, and the idea of time travel. A native of Osaka, Japan, he now lives in Edmonton, Canada.
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