Just give me a second. Okay….maybe 20 more. Forget it. Who am I kidding? I WILL NEVER GET OVER THIS BOOK. I knew there was a reason I wanted this ARC so bad, you know, other than it being a Ryan Graudin piece of art. If you follow me on any form of social media you will have noticed I am a bit of a fangirl when it comes Ryan and her work. Like I will elbow you in the ribs and not feel sorry for it to get to her first. Before I forget, thank you to Courtney @librarycutie_ for trading ARCS with me!!! Books for trade on Twitter is the best thing ever.
Lets talk this epic book, yeah?
Synop 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.
In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.
Now that you’re sucked in, I am here to tell you this book does not disappoint. Page turner from the start. I only put it down because I had lame adulting things to do.
“There was an end.
There is a beginning.
They’re one and the same.”
One of the things I love most about Graudin’s books is the way she sneaks her character’s into our hearts. We don’t even know how connected we are until something ginormous happens and your heart shatters with character. I think I have said this in one of my earlier reviews, or maybe on Instagram somewhere, but Graudin’s characters never leave you. Even long after the book is read, closed and done with, her character’s are always there. I do not know how she does it but I love it. Farway, Imogen, Gram, Priya, and even Eliot, a would be villain that’s been redeemed, are all my best friends now.
In INVICTUS, Graudin does an amazing job meeting the future to the past in a way that makes it feel like the present. The craziest part is that none of this was confusing. Graudin does an amazing job about keeping this time travel thing clear and as simple as one can make it. I have never been a huge fan of time travel books because it usually gets really confusing but Graudin can make me read anything. And if the time-travel wasn’t enough, she added MORE layers to the plot. Like mind-blowing layers that I definitely did not see coming.
“Love, however…love was something not even death could conquer, because at the end of everything, even life, he was hers.”
Take my heart out of my chest and lay it on the table for everyone to see. This is what Graudin’s words do to me. INVICTUS was such a real book, apart from the time travel, ha-ha. The characters all felt something everyone has felt or are currently feeling. The way her characters LIVE and LOVE and the way Graudin puts these feelings into words made this book very easy to relate to and it was honestly very refreshing to read. Another thing I love about Graudin’s work is that she has this ability to take hard choices and scenario’s and work through them with class and ease. She take all the character’s feelings and points of view into consideration and makes you feel as though the choice that has been made was the natural course of action. I always leave Graudin’s books feeling as though I have learned something about myself. And isn’t that why we read? To grow, and to learn, and become better understanding humans? I think so.
I am always amazed at how versatile Ryan Graudin’s writing is. She went from Faeries in London, to a corrupt Walled City in China, to Axis-Powers in Germany, to a book about time-traveling thieves. She is amazing. INVICTUS is amazing and this is a book you do not want to miss out on. Your bookish loving heart will thank you for picking this book up.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
*out September 26, 2017. Pre-order here.
Live long and prosper!