ARC Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin


I read this in July 2017 as an arc and reviewed it then. I received this arc from the publisher through Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.

Boy, what a ride!


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.

Following my trend of reading books because I think they look interesting + I like the author, I had no idea what I was getting into when I start reading this. Not recommended since the first chapter is confusing as heck when you have no idea what’s going on. However, I absolutely loved this book.

This book takes all of my favorite elements from Firefly aka the banter, the space cowboy/smugglers, the complex personalities, and adds time travel! Like, it’s all kinds of perfect.

It was so enjoyable to read. It’s action packed and has so many twists and turns, but you never get lost. There’s tons of sciency space and time things, which to be honest, I glanced over because science really isn’t my thing, but it’s simple enough to understand.

The crew of the Invictus is charming and fun and I loved every single one of them. There’s so much to them that it’s hard to explain without giving away plot, and trust me, you want all of this story to be a surprise.

There was never a moment where I found myself bored or losing interest. This story is wild from start to finish and you just have to keep reading. The plot is solid, the characters are great, the time travel is so much fun.

Honestly, it was like reading a YA version of Firefly. I could definitely see hints of Doctor Who, but Firefly is my jam, so I’m going to compare it that.

I’ve read few books about time travel, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, but Invictus is my favorite time travel book.

It’s a stand alone, and a part of me wishes there was more to look forward to. The adventures of the Invictus crew could go one forever.



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