Invictus by Ryan Graudin has an expected publication date of September 26th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books and is a young adult novel. 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. In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.
About the author: Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, South Carolina, with a severe case of wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, she’s busy writing and spending time with her husband and wolf dog. She is the author of Invictus, the Wolf By Wolf duology, The Walled City, and the All That Glows Series.
My thoughts: I am not a big fan of time travel novels despite loving science-fiction but I do love novels that involve history. So, I was unsure about this book at first. I must admit that after reading this I am still unsure because there were parts that I liked and parts that I didn’t. I loved that the characters have amazing backstories and well develop identities, this helps to balance out the time travel for me. The setting was also intriguing with all the different locations and dates in history. I just felt that with the time travel the book jumped around a lot and was hard to follow at times. Also, because of this it did not allow for some of the character relationships to develop. The plot line is a very interesting concept but I felt as if it did not follow through and skipped around a lot. The romance was very strong at the beginning of the book but seems to completely vanish towards the middle and end. I really would have liked to have seen the relationship evolve more throughout the novel. Graudin storytelling is such fast paced and exciting that it makes up for the parts that I found to be lacking. I know that there are a lot of people out there who will love this book but I am still not sure one way or the other for me. Overall, you should read this book for yourself and decided if this is the book for you. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **