Thursday, January 11, 2018

Invictus by Ryan Graudin | Re:View

Doctor Who meets Firefly in this spectacular time-travel  novel!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book (or from Ryan Graduin since this was my first time reading one of her novels) but I was sooo pleased with this book and her excellent writing!

First of all, to tackle a time-travel novel is no simple task. There are consequences to consider, past and present timelines, as well as the sciencey stuff you've got to have in there. All of these aspects (and more) were carried out to perfection with an eye to humorous detail and spunky characters.

As you jump into a world where time-travel is possible, you will discover that this book is about more than just Farway Gaius McCarthy. It's about a unique cast of characters that draw you in and cause you to feel for the story. You will root for this small band of time-marauders. You will cringe with them, hope with them, and face the future--and the past--with them.

And let me just rant for one moment about Ryan's writing. Just wow. She has such a unique way of describing things. There were a few times where I had to read sections over again a few times because I was confused, maybe one minor downfall of it, but overall they were a vivid way for me to experience the novel.

I won't say more so I don't spoil it for you, but I highly recommend this to fans of science fiction, time travel, the shows Doctor Who and Firefly, and those who enjoy an awesome and complex story. It's a little slow to start but it's worth it to push forward.

For clean readers: There is a bit of language and allusions to intimacy though not shown on the page.  I'd probably recommended for 15+.

My Rating: 5*
Purchases: Invictus

Book Description
(from Amazon)

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.Save

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