Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

September 21, 2017 book review 7 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from Little, Brown and Company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Invictus by Ryan GraudinInvictus by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: September 26th 2017
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Science Fiction, Time Travel

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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.

I’m going to start this review with OMG THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD because you need it in your life. It was freaking good, my friends. So good. Invictus by Ryan Graudin is about a guy named Farway McCarthy who has always dreamed of following in his mother’s footsteps and becoming a Recorder, someone tasked with traveling back in time and recording history for the future to enjoy and learn from. He’s the top student in his class and is destined for greatness. Unfortunately, things go a little sideways and he’s recruited instead for some top secret and heavily compensated thievery. He and his group of friends are the dream team when it comes to sneaking back in time and stealing away precious pieces of history. One journey through time leads them bumping into a complete stranger named Eliot. She takes everything they thought they knew about themselves and their world and turns it upside down.

I honestly can’t gush about this book enough. Invictus is my top favorite book of the year so far, hands down. I loved every second of this thing! The characters are all unique and witty and fun and they all make me wish I was a part of their crew. Aside from Farway, there is Imogen (Farway’s cousin) who has just the best attitude and fun personality, Gram who is basically a math genius, and Priya who is Farway’s girlfriend and a super cool Medic/Mechanic. While I’d say Farway is our main narrator, we get to experience this world through the 3rd person POV of every character here and there. I loved how Graudin tackled it too. Sometimes having a bunch of different narrators gets confusing or annoying but Graudin’s storytelling is effortless and feels like the most natural thing in the world. It just worked.

Time travel can be tricky and I’m always a little hypercritical of books focusing on the concept (why I have no idea but I am what I am 😉 ) and I can say Invictus was executed perfectly. The storyline made sense. The interactions with the past made sense. And the big plot twist made sense. My only tiny fuss is in regards to the ending. There was one thing that I was kind of confused about but I think I figured it out enough to appease me. So yeah, 50 points to Ms. Graudin for tackling the complicated structure of time travel and doing it so well.

If I haven’t sold you yet on picking up this book AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE, let me give you some catch words that should sway you in the right direction. Ready? Thievery! Time travel! Villians! Mystery! Plot twists! Red pandas! Fun hair! Fun music! Costumes! History! Rome!

*dusts hands off*

I read an ARC of this and even I’m buying this the day it officially comes out so I can relive the journey again sometime soon. Your TBRs and bookshelves will thank you!


Buy this book ASAP. Just buy it, read it, and thank me later. You’re welcome!

5 Stars!



7 Responses to “Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin”

  1. Greg

    This is one of those books that I think I was already sold on, but your review just makes me want to read it more! Traveling through time to observe history/ steal things? Yes please! Awesome premise. Ooh and red pandas? Fun hair? I can’t wait to get to this one. 🙂

    Great review!

  2. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    I’ve been on the fence about whether to buy this or check it out from the library. I think you might have convinced me to give in. Going to look for it in stores once it comes out. Thanks for the enthusiastic review!

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