Invictus by Ryan Graudin #TuesdayBookBlog #YA #bookreview

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.

In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space. – Goodreads.com

I’m such a fan of time travel stories, and when I read this book was comped with Guardians of the Galaxy, all I heard in my head was – Must. Have. Now.

Rarely have I come across a book with such a charming cast of well-developed characters – people you’d love to have as friends and hang out with.  They’re intelligent, sly, adventurous, mysterious, surrounded by danger and complex time travel regulations – yet full of teenage insecurities anyone can identify with and also spawned several humorous situations.  Complicated time travel talk can make your head spin, but it fascinated me and was thought-provoking.

I enjoyed the history, action, banter between the crew, and was slightly surprised by the emotional element at the end, but it was very fitting.  And after reading this, I want a red panda just like Saffron.

Invictus is a long read at over 450 pages, but absolutely worth it – and it’s a standalone, which is rare in YA books these days.  I’d highly recommend this to fans of sci-fi and anyone who enjoys a fun, quirky ensemble cast of characters.  This book is scheduled for publication September 26th, 2017.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.

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