- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Sept. 26 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031650307X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316503075
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Invictus Hardcover – Sep 26 2017
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* "The story is well paced, and...deals with issues of trust, romance, and duty. This would be an excellent addition to most high school collections."―VOYA (starred review)
* "Invictus is a creative, mesmerizing adventure... From start to finish, it will captivate readers with unique characters, intriguing concepts, and an adorable red panda. It would be a great disservice to this generation of action-packed cinema to dismiss this novel without attempting to bring it to the big screen... Invictus is a ride that no young adult reader should miss."―VOYA Teen Reviewer (starred review)
"This is high adventure with a literary bent, and it's held together by a lovable, ragtag crew-turned-family that wouldn't be out of place in Firefly. A well-researched, thoroughly enjoyable romp through the ages."―Booklist
"Swoonworthy sci-fi: that's something that doesn't come along every day."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Gladiators, historians, engineers, smugglers, relics, suspense, love, and time travel merge in a story that will enthrall readers."―SLC
"The characters are all well developed and compelling...its satisfying ending hits all the right notes. An appealing sci-fi romp."―SLJ
"Graudin weaves the past and future seamlessly together into an epic canvas spanning generations. An incredibly intricate, brilliantly paced, masterfully written journey."―Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites
"I've loved all of Ryan Graudin's books, but I love this one the most. Time-traveling thieves skipping through history! Mind-bending in the best way."―Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Strange the Dreamer
About the Author
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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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 ;)
Everyone knows the McCarthy name. Far's mother is a famous time-travelling recorder, and Far is following right in her footsteps. When Far enters his final exam, he immediately fails. He knows deep down in his heart that someone sabotaged his exam, but there is no way to prove it. The only way Far can become a captain now, is if he joins the blackmarket business.
This book had a slow beginning, which is the biggest reason why I ended up giving this book a four star rating. It was really hard to get into the book, especially in the beginning when you're just getting to know the characters. After the initial beginning, once the crew of Invictus starts going on their missions and you get to see the whole squad together, the book really starts to pick up and it gets interesting. I could not put the book down.
I absolutely fell in love with this plot. I'm a huge history buff, and seeing the characters travel to places and times that were really important in history. They travel to places like the Titanic before it sinks, Libraries in Egypt, and rescue painting before they were destroyed in World War II. The idea behind the story is just absolutely fantastic, I love the world that Ryan created.
Surprisingly, I loved all the main characters in this book. Everyone was so different, yet they all had something about them that made me fall in love with their character. Far was very egotistical at first, I thought that I wouldn't end up liking his character, but later on in the book you get to see the side of him where he shows you just how much he cares about the Invictus family and how he would do anything to save them. I loved Imogen and Gram right from the beginning, she is absolutely hilarious and has such wonderful and positive attitude, and he is just really smart, but also just a well rounded character. I wasn't huge fan of Priya at first, mostly because she was really quiet, but we see her character development later on in the book, and she definitely ended up growing on me. Elliot was the big mystery, she definitely made the book a lot more interesting, her storyline definitely became one of my favourites.
What I loved most about this book, was the two sets of romances present. We get the cute "I like you, but I'm too scared to tell you" romance between Imogen and Gram, and the "we've already been in a relationship for a while, but we need to work on it" type of romance with Far and Priya. Both romances were wonderful, but I'm so happy that the author chose to incorporate both into the story. If he just used Far and Priya's romance it would have been too boring, and on the other hand if he just had Imogen and Gram's romance it would have been a bit cliche and boring. Having both romances present just had the perfect balance. Well done.
One thing I didn't really understand, was the use of new words instead of swear words. The author chose to use words like Hash, or hashing instead of the typical swear words we use in the english language. This didn't exactly make sense to me, I think the young adult audience could handle light swearing, or if he didn't want to use real swear words why not just not incorporate it into the book.
Overall, this book was absolutely wonderful. If you love time travel, history or science fiction then definitely pick up a copy of this book, I guarantee you will love it.
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The characters in this book are completely flushed out and I loved learning about each one and seeing them work together on the Invictus crew with Far. These characters already had relationships with each other so this book was focused solely on the adventure which I really enjoyed (Think Six of Crows when it comes to great group dynamics). It was refreshing to see both friendships and romances already in place rather than forming during the book. I liked watching the relationship evolve and strengthen between the characters.
This book definitely focuses on the story and the adventure. Since we are following a group of time-traveling thieves, there is a heavy focus on their daring adventures and how they accomplish their missions without also corrupting time. This is an action-packed adventure that kept me guessing until the end when everything wraps up. That is another unique aspect of this book, we get a standalone science fiction book. I did not feel at all like this book dragged or was rushed to get everything tied up. Graudin did an excellent job finishing the story arc in a single book.
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of the book*
This book was a delightful fast-paced romp through historical highlights wherever and whenever they may be found, and I was willingly and cheerfully swept along for the ride at every turn. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics of the crew, and especially liked reading a YA book without the seemingly obligatory love triangle. The relationships were real and relatable, but not less compelling for their substance.
Time travel with a hefty dose of humor and optimism, circa the Flash or Dr. Who, made this my favorite YA book of the year.
Ryan Graudin is a fantastic story teller. This was an incredible time traveling adventure story with a cast of characters that had one of the best group dynamics that I have ever read. I look forward to reading more by her.