My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
First Published: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: YA, Adventure, Sci fi, Time Travel, Romance
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.
I am a happy reader.
You see, time travel and I do not have much in common. I much rather focus on the future than the past and time travel would be nothing without the past.
So how come I managed to finish this 450-page book and enjoy it in the process?
Two words: Ryan Graudin
I knew I should try this book, despite the time-traveling, having been surprised by historical fiction/fantasy series WOLF BY WOLF. You just never know what kind of creature-book you’re faced with when it comes to this author.
And I love that. INVICTUS is for those who need action and camaraderie in their reads. The title stands for the name of the ship which is occupied by four—soon five—crew members actively breaking the law.
The world is curious. Those who have the skill to jump through time record events for the government. But there are also those who can jump through universes. That’s when things get interesting.
I’ve said too much already. If you’re familiar with this author, you know what to expect: betrayal, heart-pounding adventure and plot twists.
My only complaint is in regards to the romance. We do not see Far and Priya fall in love—they are already in love—which I find unfortunate and cheap. Development is very important.
But I liked everything else.
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