Invictus by Ryan GraudinInvictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus

byRyan Graudin

Hardcover | September 26, 2017

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A heart-stopping adventure that defies time and space--New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu calls it "an incredibly intricate, brilliantly paced, masterfully written journey."

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature. All he's ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market-captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past.

During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets-big ones-that will affect Far's life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out.
Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, SC with a severe case of wanderlust. When she's not traveling, she's busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. She is the author of The Walled City, Wolf by Wolf, and Blood for Blood. You can visit her online at ryangraudin.com.
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Title:InvictusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:September 26, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031650307X

ISBN - 13:9780316503075

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I wanted to read this book before it came out when it was explained as a cross between Doctor Who and Firefly (Two of my favourite shows) and I ended loving it. I wish there were plans for more books from this universe.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!! This book has time travelling and it was everything! I read this book in two sittings. I loved loved this book
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun, but not my favorite Things I liked: The premise of the book, fun, complicated in a good way. The characters, unique and interesting (particularly Saffron). The occasional stream-of-consciousness sentence (which wire was which wire was which?) that reminded me of Stephen King for some reason. The fake swearing. The real swearing from different languages. The cover! Things I didn't like: Parts of the plot, a little too complicated. Some of the over-explainy passages (hard to avoid in sci-fi). Pages and pages and pages of teenagers having crushes on each other, when I'm here to see time-travel-pirates, dash it! The overuse of ellipses in places. Overall: Fun. A relatively light read, for sci-fi. Not one I'd reread, but not one I regret reading. Met, but didn't exceed, the expectations I had from Twitter hype.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Adventure From time travelling thieves to time travelling heroes. This book was a fun read. It was fast paced and unpredictable.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 458 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 3 You know when you’re reading a book so “meh” that it’s hard to motivate yourself read it. That was my experience with Invictus. I actually let out a sign of relief I knew I was holding when I finished it. Note: I finished this book in October and all statements are from memory alone. Take everything with a grain of salt. First of all, it was really boring. We find out Farway gets to assemble a team, and then we cut to them being on the ship, having had all these exciting adventures off the page that we only get to hear about in passing. I would have much rather read about these close calls than what I got. The few action scenes weren’t even that exciting for reasons that would count as spoilers. The world building was also super confusing, not because Ryan Graudin didn’t put enough effort into it, but because she put too much thought into it. I understand that time travel books are very tricky, and need a ton of world building to make the story make sense, but there was far too much for my brain to handle. I’m all for reading books that make me think, but not ones that hurt my head. The characters were hard for me to connect to. I think they were too serious, even when drunk and partying. No one was really trying to lighten the mood. I found 2 lines in the entire book amusing.
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great time traveling adventure Invictus by Ryan Graudin is science fiction novel that starts in the year 2371. Farway Gaius McCarthy is taking his final exam to receive his license to time travel. However, someone gets into the SIM and sabotages it for him. With no other alternative, Far accepts an offer to pilot his own machine (Invictus) and deal in black market goods. He assembles his team and begins his new career on the Invictus. On a mission to the Titanic, they encounter the mysterious Eliot. Eliot resembles the lady who sabotaged Far’s final SIM. Eliot is on a mission and needs assistance. They will race through time to right a wrong before it is too late. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Invictus. It was a delightful tale (who doesn’t love a good time travel tale). It contains great characters and is packed full of action. I found it be well-written and entertaining. Invictus had a fast pace with many twists and turns along the way. I liked how the characters developed over the course of the book. I started reading Invictus and stayed up very late to finish it (I wanted to know how it ended, but I also did not want it to end). I am giving Invictus 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). There is time-travel, spaceship, a red panda (a cute little fellow), romance, humor, intrigue, and so much more. While Invictus is aimed at young adults, I believe readers of all ages will enjoy this time-traveling adventure.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a fun story! Any comparisons to Firefly have me immediately on board, and I can definitely see the Doctor Who influences. I'm always intrigued with time-travel books and to see how an author will put their spin on it. I preferred the first half when the story had a focus on time-traveling thieves, who pull off heists to steal valuable artifacts from the past. When the crew meets a certain character, the focus shifts to a mission of a much grander scale. The entire book is action-packed, but it's noticeably more so in the second half with higher stakes and palpable tension. While I enjoyed the ride, I missed the heists and interaction between the tight-knit crew. It also got a tad convoluted but that is pretty standard for topics like time-travel. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the writing. It's beautiful, somehow being wonderfully descriptive and right to the point. You get a real sense of all the crew members and although the tense isn't in first person, every POV feels unique.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Graudin just never disappoints me. This was such a fun book and had so much character development, relationship building and such a cool world. I surprisingly didn't get lost between the time and dimension jumps so I would say it's an accessible sci-fi. The romance were so adorable and I loved that they were a background thing instead of used to flood the plot with annoying tropes. Essentially, Imogen is me (hair dye & pet obsession.) all the characters have their corks and are so likeable but different. truly adored this ragtag group.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a thrill! CALLING ALL TIME TRAVELLER FANS AND ALL NON TIME TRAVELLER FANS! CALLING ALL SCIENCE FICTION AND HISTORICAL FICTION ADDICTS! CALLING ALL FIREFLY LOVERS! Come, come my friends, come peer into the book that is Invictus! This was hands down the most engrossing read this year because it was just so good. I really find it exhausting when so many books are part of a series I just can’t keep up with all of them so when I saw Invictus was a stand alone I knew it would fulfill my wish. You all need to put this one on your TBR if you like camaraderie like in Guardians of the Galaxy or Firefly. The friendships, relationships, storyline and historical references really hit the bulls eye for me.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Space AND Time Traveling Fun! Invictus was a load of fun! It had the high intensity I always associated with sci-fi reads. The story seemed familiar yet completely original. I've read a similar time travelling book but Invictus stood out with the additional space traveling. The world-building in Invictus was fabulous. My heart was pumping with excitement at visiting the different time periods and historical events. It's a world with endless possibilities and Ms. Graudin explores them. This one vast universe doesn't stop surprising us and its inhabitants. Second to the world I loved how action-packed the story was. The characters were constantly on the go moving from one daring stunt to another. I could really feel the nerves in the air with the adrenaline rush mixed with a dash of fear as they gave their all to each heist. The level of energy in the story rivaled the enormity of the stakes at hand as we realized our beloved characters' fates. The idea that every action has a counter-reaction is perfect. I'm a fan of the bittersweet but hopeful conclusion. The crew aboard the Invictus were not all related but they felt and moved like a true family. Each member played a crucial role (even the red panda!) in order for the team to succeed. Their teamwork was impeccable. Even as they faced threats that were bigger than themselves they never strayed from one another. I loved their bonds. There were two romantic couplings in Invictus. I liked one more than the other but that's completely a personal preference given one relationship was already established while the other happens during the story. I enjoy witnessing a relationship develop more then seeing another needing constant reaffirmations. I did root for both to survive and have their happily ever after! Thinking back there's actually a third couple who were integral to the story but they were never really a focal point. This becomes clear when you read the book. Invictus is a must-read book for fans of time travelling and space travelling. It's a two-for-one deal that promises a ton of adventures, passion and death-defying stunts ;)
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an amazing ride! CALLING ALL TIME TRAVELLER FANS AND ALL NON TIME TRAVELLER FANS! CALLING ALL SCIENCE FICTION AND HISTORICAL FICTION ADDICTS! CALLING ALL FIREFLY LOVERS! Come, come my friends, come peer into the book that is Invictus! This was hands down the most engrossing read this year because it was just so good. I really find it exhausting when so many books are part of a series I just can’t keep up with all of them so when I saw Invictus was a stand alone I knew it would fulfill my wish. You all need to put this one on your TBR if you like camaraderie like in Guardians of the Galaxy or Firefly. The friendships, relationships, storyline and historical references really hit the bulls eye for me. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-08-14

Editorial Reviews

"Invictus gripped my heart. Graudin's achingly beautiful prose and thoughtful exploration of time, history, and identity create a stunning story. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and yet I wanted to savor each decadent sentence. Readers be warned, you'll want to stop time to live in this tale."
-Roshani Chokshi, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Star-Touched Queen