Tourist Trapped | Critical Book Review

Tobias Munch’s life is the epitome of mundane misery—stuck in a detestable job, residing in an equally detestable apartment, and freshly divorced. Seeking solace in the novel he’s toiled on for eight agonizing years, Tobias yearns for understanding more than anything.

“More than anything, Tobias wanted to be understood.”

His path crosses with the vibrant barista, Mia, from his favorite café. A chance encounter turns into an invitation into her life, leading Tobias on a journey that transcends the ordinary. A night of psychedelic exploration lands them in “the–in-between,” an afterlife sandwiched between existence and oblivion. Tobias, once again, finds himself trapped, tasked with unraveling the mysteries that lie ahead.

Velasquez’s Intricate Sci-Fi Canvas

J. B. Velasquez’s inaugural foray into science fiction, Tourist Trapped, unveils a nuanced world that beckons readers not to suspend disbelief entirely but to embark on an enthralling ride. Velasquez adeptly paints vivid scenarios and settings, employing a storytelling style that seamlessly blends perspectives and dialogue. The intricacies of “the in-between” are intricately detailed, creating a narrative that feels remarkably plausible.

The attention lavished on worldbuilding is a breath of fresh air, with glimpses into how denizens of this purgatorial realm communicate and occupy themselves. The omnipresence of Uber as the sole transportation provider adds a humorous touch, hinting at a parallel with our mundane reality.

A Secular Afterlife with a Dash of Humor

One standout feature is the absence of religious ties to the afterlife. “The in-between” is the initial destination for all, leaving the “Great Beyond” open to individual interpretation. This allows Velasquez to explore diverse characters, their interactions, and coping mechanisms without the baggage of religious connotations. The narrative adeptly navigates the discomfort of mortality, showcasing humanity in all its facets. Tobias injects witty, dry humor into serious situations, offering moments of levity.

The author’s background in psychotherapy lends a unique perspective, emphasizing introspection and character growth. While masquerading as a sci-fi tale, Tourist Trapped weaves realism into Tobias’s contemplations. Despite initial frailty, Tobias evolves, learning to steer his life in a profound direction.

“If you weren’t scared, it wouldn’t be worth it.”

Final Verdict

Tourist Trapped captivates with its abstract narrative, delving into trust, humanity, and the uncharted territories of existence. Velasquez’s debut is a commendable exploration of life’s complexities, wrapped in a science fiction tapestry that resonates with readers. The blend of wit, depth, and relatability makes it a noteworthy addition to the indie sci-fi genre.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewScience Fiction / Metaphysical320 pages979-8987554104

Tobias Munch’s life is the epitome of mundane misery—stuck in a detestable job, residing in an equally detestable apartment, and freshly divorced. Seeking solace in the novel he’s toiled on for eight agonizing years, Tobias yearns for understanding more than anything. “More than anything, Tobias wanted to be understood.” His path crosses with the vibrant…