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Invictus Hardcover – Sep 26 2017
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"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
* "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)
"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
"If the crew from Firefly somehow wound up as teenagers on the TARDIS and had to solve a Fringe-type mystery before time literally disappeared, you'd have something like Invictus."―Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series and A World Without You
"A nonstop thrill ride from start to finish--I raced through Invictus at top speed! With this book, Ryan Graudin proves she can conquer any genre she turns her hand to. Fun, cheeky, high-stakes, and totally immersive, this story is wildly imaginative and brilliantly original. Jump on board without hesitation: You'll love Invictus."―Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of the Illuminae Files
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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Each character presented had a turn in the lime light, though not all the characters were well introduced initially. I fell in love with Empra and Farway, their personalities begin strong and unforgiving but also charismatic and loveable. The other characters poked fun at Farway's cocky behavior but he never really had a problem with it. I feel that they all appeared like real people and acted well and honestly if the situation were to be an actual event in our universe. I would like to remind you that the characters are barely eighteen. The book also takes in the future, where times are different but not too increasingly so. The author put immense detail and research into the novel and left no room for plot holes or contradicting time lines. There were new and created swear words, zombees, and easy fueling rods for time machines.
I am normally spot on when predicting the end result or major plot twists in novels but this time I was only partly right. The book threw me through a loop and had me glued to the pages, causing me to finish it all in one go.
The ending was spectacular but unsatisfying. I am really really rooting for a sequel.
However that there are four them is a bit too much. Three make sense given the convoluted challenges of time travel - Empra, Far, and Elliot are all blood related and the horror created Empra's decisions are innately connected to their lives. While Imogen is also blood related she is not directly connected to the horror and thus I found the couple of chapters from her point of view unnecessary. Even less important is a single chapter from the viewpoint of Ackerman who works for the time travel institution.These few chapters where we are seeing the world from both Imogen's and Ackerman's views really should have cut by editors.
The novel has four "part" titles but it is really split into five parts. The first is the shortest and tells Empra's story about how she oversteps her bounds as a historical observer and recorder. The second is short as well and follows Far's great promise as a recorder and how that falls apart and requires him to make an illegal deal. The third part is the longest, well over triple any other section of the book and it looks at the journey of Far and his crew aboard the Invictus, their time traveling ship. The fourth part is the second longest and takes us along the mad attempt to correct the error Empra made. Finally the fifth part is a short retelling of the second part of the book but as it might have been had Empra's foolishness been corrected.
I'm glad that Alvina Ling from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers gave this story a change. It is a mind-bending story that could be used to create discussions about history, personal choices, and morality but simply enjoyed as an engaging work of fiction.
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