February 2018 Reviews

Invictus

Description from Goodreads:

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.

Review:

Invictus by Ryan Graudin has 458 pages and was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2017.

To put it simply, Invictus is a great book.  The premise of this book is intriguing and Graudin’s execution is exceptional.  Her writing style is easy to follow and the plot is well-developed.  The characters in this book are interesting and remind me somewhat of the crew from The Guardians of the Galaxy.

I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and time-travel -ey sci-fi.

Discussion:

Far is a young man that was born “outside of time,” which can be a little troublesome for keeping records.  He is devastated after failing his time travelling final exam.  However, he is offered the opportunity to become a captain after all and eagerly jumps at the chance.  The only catch is that the job is illegal.  He will be stealing valuable artifacts for his boss to sale on the black market.  Things get interesting when an unknown girl foils their theft of the Titanic and the story really takes off from there.

This is the first book by Ryan Graudin that I have read but it certainly won’t be the last.  She is an amazingly talented author.  It is difficult to find flaws with this book if this is something that you would be interested in.  Well-written.  Well-edited.  Well-developed.

I put off reading this book for a while but I am so glad that I finally picked it up.  It was definitely a fun read and one that I think would be suitable for all ages.  There is a bit of cursing but the curse words are futuristic and not as inappropriate as the ones we use to day.  (Fexing, for example.)  Very mild violence and no graphic sex scenes.

Have you read this book?  What are your thoughts on it?  Please share in the comments.

Rating:  4 Plot Monster Spiders

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Notable Quotes:

“Why, yes. I am a strange wonder. The most special of snowflakes! Born out of time, forever running to catch up to it!”
― Ryan GraudinInvictus

“When humanity steps into the shoes of gods, things will go awry.”
― Ryan GraudinInvictus

MDW original review.  Source:  Library.

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