Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin (Spoiler Free)


Title: Invictus

Author: Ryan Graudin

Genre: YA Time Travel/Sci Fi

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

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.

Invictus is my second Ryan Graudin novel, and I was not disappointed at all. When I read Wolf by Wolf (still need to pick up Blood for Blood!), I fell in love with her writing, and Invictus has the same writing style. There’s something about it that’s just so easy to read. I can’t think of any better way to describe it other than to say that her writing has some serious personality. There’s a certain brand of humor that’s always there that I really appreciate as a snarky person.

Other than the awesome writing, this book boasts a cast of unique and interesting characters that are easy to get invested in. You’ll find yourself wanting to understand who they are, and why they do the things that they do. This world is one that is very easy to fall into, and you’ll feel like you’re involved in these high stake heists right along with these characters.

If you read and loved Wolf by Wolf and it’s sequel, or if you’re just intrigued by the idea of heists through time, you’ll totally dig Invictus. Without a doubt, I give it 5 out of 5 stars.


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