Saturday, 23 December 2017

Review - Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Title: Invictus
Author: Ryan Graudin
Pages: 465
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Release Date: 21st September 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

Farway Gaius McCarthy has no birthday - he was born outside of time on a ship. His mother is a time traveller and his father was a Roman gladiator.
When Far fails his final exam to become a time traveller his thinks that he'll never fulfil his dream of being a time traveller. But Far is offered the chance to be the captain of his own ship and travel through time, stealing valuable items from the past to be sold on the black market.
Then while on a heist on the Titanic, a mysterious girl beats Far to his prize.
Who is she? Why does she want to join the crew of the Invictus?  

I was really excited to read Invictus - it sounded like a time travelling version of Firefly (one of my favourite TV shows). However, I'm left feeling a bit underwhelmed. I'm not really sure why. Maybe because the story didn't go they way I thought it would. Or because there weren't as many heists as I expected.
I liked all of the main characters, but Imogen could be a little annoying at times. I would love to have a pet red panda.
The plot was mostly good and went in a direction that surprised me, but I did get a little bored and lost interest at one point.
The writing style was easy to follow but it didn't keep me gripped.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.