27 September 2017


by Ryan Graudin

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Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.
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I received a copy from Hatchette Children's Group/BKMRK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: So much love for this one! I do enjoy me some sci-fi but throw in some fab YA action and you're onto a winner!

Ryan Graudin has created a wonderfully clever story in Invictus. I loved all the jumps back into the past and wished I could join the team. The Latin student in me absolutely flipping loved the Roman and Latin references.

The book is full of action, drama and romance. Tonally it reminded me of an 80s or 90s adventure movie. Invictus has the solidarity of The Goonies, the action of Star Wars, a dash of the TARDIS action with the time travel and I throwback to Firefly, all written in a very Stranger Things meets Percy Jackson kinda way - I really enjoyed it!

The world building is pretty epic because it's not really just a world. We get multiverses people! I'd love to be able to hop on board the Invictus and journey back in history. The book is basically historical fiction mixed with sci-fi.

Farway Gaius McCarthy aka Far really won me over. I loved him. He's a cute and oh-so-brave action hero. I liked him a Priya together and would have enjoyed seeing more of them. Elliott was unexpected but I appreciated the direction Graudin takes the story. I loved Imogen and Gram - so cute!

A wonderful story I'm very glad to have read.

4.5 Stars in my Sky!


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