Pseudonyms are no rare thing in the world of literature, but seldom do they represent more than one person. VK McAllister, a husband-wife writing duo, break that trend and plenty more in Inevitable Ascension.
The couple wrote the book together. Each creating their sections in secrecy, leading to their partner having unexpected twists and unforeseen story developments to try to include in their next section. It’s a writing activity that many have tried, but unlike most attempts that end in complete chaos, Inevitable Ascension has a surprising clarity.
The story follows Violina and Lux, two hunters and petty thieves who accidentally open a time rift, sending them on an adventure that spans multiple timelines of their world. They use this new ability to track down the biggest villain in their history, chase immortality and encounter a wide range of blood-thirsty civilisations. It’s written with humour, exaggerated bizarreness and more puns than you could ever wish for. In short, it’s like The Hunger Games was written by Douglas Adams.
“Sigh,” said Lux in a tone unbecoming of her usual bubbly self. “The inevitable end of us all. That’s really kind of a shame, isn’t it?” She also had a knack for understatements.“Did you really just say ‘sigh’ verbally? I don’t think you understand how sighing works.”
Although the story traces the progress of the two girls, it’s Violina who takes control, acting as the wise head to Lux’s unlimited optimism and goofy world view. When the two split up to complete complex tasks, we tend to follow Violina while Lux’s version of events are often told to her partner with a very cheeky wink to the reader.
“Did you find the propulsion systems?”
“Sure did. Imagine the neatest thing you can as to how someone would take them out. That’s what I did.”
The fun of writing a fantasy story that’s as much to baffle your partner as it is for any other reason is that there’s no limits to what you can write, especially when there are multiple time periods to cover. From pre-historic to futuristic, Violina and Lux travel far beyond the confines of a normal story, experiencing new technologies and new ways to blow things up.
Despite the complexity of the story, and the absurd way of writing it, it all more or less makes sense. Well, as much sense as something with almost definite time travel paradoxes can. And while other reviewers have made valid points about Violina’s rapid change from small time crook to power-hungry despot, there’s little else to complain about in a tale that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
She saw no reason to inform them that their existence would evaporate and reset the moment Kza was killed. After all, there were two rules for success. One: Don’t tell people everything you know.
Inevitable Ascension is undoubtedly a silly book, but it’s been carefully and lovingly put together. It has more than enough of a plot to keep readers engaged, but ultimately it’s the writing style and constant humour that will draw you in.
For further background on the main characters and to read a few sample chapters, head to InevitableAscension.com.