INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin

September 25, 2017     jennzahbooknut     Book review

INVICTUS by Ryan GraudinInvictus by Ryan Graudin
on September 26th 2017
Pages: 464

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.

5 Stars


I absolutely loved this book. It delivers on the promise of “Doctor Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy” (which are two of my most loved things!)

So, imagine that in the future that time travel is not only possible, but it’s pretty much the number one business. Children are trained from a young age to work in the field.  Then imagine being able to just skip to whatever era you want, to study the time, and bring back the data so other people can experience it. This is the world of Central.  and Farway Gaius McCarthy is just about to become part of it.

From the beginning when we meet Farway’s mother and learn of his strange birth, to the end where it starts all over again –I loved this book. I loved the crew, flamboyant Imogen, calculating Gram, and warm, clever Priya. I loved the fact that they have their own “trash panda”. I loved the dynamics of the relationships between the characters. and I absolutely LOVED the world building that Ryan Graudin has done — she made it so easy to visualize the world of Central and all the timelines they visited.

I even loved the “villian” of the book. They were interesting and engaging with the story in a way that made you just want to devour the pages (which i did!)

This book is a fun, bumpy adventure ride from one page to the next. I was sad that it was only a standalone, because i would love to go on another trip with the crew of the Invictus ANYTIME.

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