by Ryan Graudin

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A heart-stopping adventure defying time and space that New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu calls "an incredibly intricate, brilliantly paced, masterfully written journey."

Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature. All he's ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market—captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past.

During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets—big ones—that will affect Far's life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432864514
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 02/20/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 582
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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, Blood for Blood, and Invictus. You can visit her online at

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Invictus 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
[NOTE: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.] What I liked: - The beginning. Of course, you can tell immediately where this is going, and that there’s going to be another proposal to offset the bad news, and you can guess what that proposal will be, but it’s OK because it’s why you’re reading the book. Well, why I was reading it, at any rate. - Some aspects of the world building, with the idea of trained people going back in time to record events, and having to follow specific rules to avoid creating paradoxes. It makes a lot of sense, since the ‘grandfather paradox’ is definitely not the only risk in such a setting: it’s obvious that you wouldn’t want to kill your own grandfather if you hope to be born someday… but it’s much less obvious that even ‘small’ actions like gambling in a casino can have consequences, for instance by preventing the ‘normal’ winner from winning, in turn preventing them from doing things that should normally have happened, and so on. The most noticeable actions aren’t the only ones that can change the world. - The crew’s dynamics. I have a soft spot for heist stories carried by a crew (ship, spaceship, band of misfits, whatever), and when the latter works well together, it’s even better. In itself¸ this part wasn’t the most exceptional ever, but I could feel the ties uniting them, and that was good. - Diversity. Priya is obviously of Indian origin, Gram is dark-skinned, and Far also has inherited a darker complexion from his father. It’s not mentioned more than once or twice, but it’s good to see. - The book was entertaining, I wanted to know how the story would go (good thing I’ve been on sick leave and with time on my hands to rush through it, huh), and in general the action and tension scenes were gripping. What I didn’t like so much: - The romance. I’m not particularly keen on romance in general, for starters— in my experience 90% of such subplots, when they happen in stories whose main genre is not romance, are there because it’s what people (or the market, or publishing houses, I’m never really sure) expect. As a result, the romance feels forced, and that’s the feeling I got here. I didn’t particularly care about Imogen having a crush, all the more since it led to some screen time being used up for conversations about boys and should-I-oh-no-I-don’t-dare. As for the romance between Far and Priya, it was announced very suddenly, its beginnings happened off-scene, and I never felt any real chemistry between these two. In a story revolving around an all-for-one type of crew, friendship all the way would’ve worked better for me. - The lull mid-book, the part where they go to Las Vegas. Partly because of the romance-related conversations, partly because I wanted to shout ‘Seriously, characters, is partying and getting drunk the best you can do right now?’ [Read full review here: ]
xokristim More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best time travel book I have ever read. I loved that the book was sent in the future and not the present. I absolutely loves all the mentions of history, they were very important ones so I could understand the significance of each. I’m a big fan of anything having to do with the titanic, that’s what first sold me on this book. I thought the story progressed in a wonderful way, that would be easy for anyone to follow. The twists completely caught me off guard, which I absolutely loved. I thought that the book was medium paced, which I loved because we got plenty of characterization, but also plenty of action. I didn’t feel a huge connection with any of the characters, which was normal for me when reading a fantasy novel. I really enjoyed that the main focus of the book was not romance. There was romance interspersed throughout the book, but not constantly thrown in your face. If you are just getting in to time travel fantasy type books, I think this would be a great start since it was so easy to follow. If you are already a fan of this type of book I think you will highly enjoy, because there were so many twist thrown in. I love that it was a standalone novel, I feel like you don’t see enough of them in the fantasy genre.
RJGM More than 1 year ago
Things I liked: The premise of the book, fun, complicated in a good way. The characters, unique and interesting (particularly Saffron). The occasional stream-of-consciousness sentence (which wire was which wire was which?) that reminded me of Stephen King for some reason. The fake swearing. The real swearing from different languages. The cover! Things I didn't like: Parts of the plot, a little too complicated. Some of the over-explainy passages (hard to avoid in sci-fi). Pages and pages and pages of teenagers having crushes on each other, when I'm here to see time-travel-pirates, dash it! The overuse of ellipses in places. Overall: Fun. A relatively light read, for sci-fi. Not one I'd reread, but not one I regret reading. Met, but didn't exceed, the expectations I had from Twitter hype.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Invictus is the tale of Farway Gaius McCarthy adventurer and thief extraordinaire. After failing his final exam he is given the chance to captain a ship and put together his own crew to work for black marketer Lux. Working with his cousin Imogene, best friend Gram and girlfriend Priya, they travel through time stealing objects for Lux to sell. Even though dangerous, they are reveling in a girl named Eliot who is the reason he failed his final exam at the Academy. Eliot blackmails her way onto his crew and they set off on adventure that they hope they can return from alive. Invictus is a mash-up of action adventure, science fiction/fantasy, and romance. Three of my favorite genre’s! Far reminded me of Nathan Fillion’s character in Firefly, at least that is how I pictured him. Far is a bit cocky, good looking and has an energy that doesn’t allow him to stay still for long. When he and his crew are blackmailed into allowing Eliot to become part of their crew that cockiness starts to fade. When he finds out his own history is threatening the lives of his crew, his confidence in his decision is heartbreaking. The crews antics were fun, their interactions were warm, and the climax was heartbreaking. If you are looking for a novel that has a great story, good characters, makes you bite your nails and cry a few tears, this is the book for you. Oh yeah, and Invictus is a stand alone novel! Although, I could easily read another book or two about this crew and their adventures.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Invictus by Ryan Graudin is science fiction novel that starts in the year 2371. Farway Gaius McCarthy is taking his final exam to receive his license to time travel. However, someone gets into the SIM and sabotages it for him. With no other alternative, Far accepts an offer to pilot his own machine (Invictus) and deal in black market goods. He assembles his team and begins his new career on the Invictus. On a mission to the Titanic, they encounter the mysterious Eliot. Eliot resembles the lady who sabotaged Far’s final SIM. Eliot is on a mission and needs assistance. They will race through time to right a wrong before it is too late. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Invictus. It was a delightful tale (who doesn’t love a good time travel tale). It contains great characters and is packed full of action. I found it be well-written and entertaining. Invictus had a fast pace with many twists and turns along the way. I liked how the characters developed over the course of the book. I started reading Invictus and stayed up very late to finish it (I wanted to know how it ended, but I also did not want it to end). I am giving Invictus 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). There is time-travel, spaceship, a red panda (a cute little fellow), romance, humor, intrigue, and so much more. While Invictus is aimed at young adults, I believe readers of all ages will enjoy this time-traveling adventure.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
This one was a bit of an odd duck for me. I really, really enjoyed it at parts, but other times, I just felt...nothing - like, I was just going through the motions of reading the words and flipping the pages but I just felt eh. However, I really enjoyed it for the most part, and I would definitely recommend you to add it to your TBR if you enjoy a good time-traveling Doctor Who feeling kind of book. What I was most sold on was the fact that it mentioned the words, "heist on the Titanic". Literally I didn't know a single other thing about the book - only that I needed to get my hands on it desperately. The Titanic has always been such an intriguing setting to me (I blame my Magic Treehouse days), and Graudin created such an intriguing concept with it - however, I was pleasantly surprised that we got to travel to other time periods and other great historic moments. I thought it was going to be strictly the Titanic, but Graudin picked such interesting moments to jump around to in space. I loved it, and honestly, I wished there was more time spent jumping around. I also loved the whole concept and setting besides the time traveling parts. Graudin created such a developed set of rules for her land and time, and I was so intrigued with the non-jumping time period as well. Far and his team are sent to plunder history for a black market dealer, and it literally is as cool as it sounds. Graudin explains everyone's roles quite brilliantly, and I never felt confused at all. It was very well-thought out. The characters were interesting as well. Um, there is a red panda involved, and he was, of course, my favorite thing in the entire book. He was fantastic, and I'm in so much love. Can we get a vote for every book to have a red panda? As for the non-animal characters, I really enjoyed Far, Imogen, and Elliot. Imogen and Elliot were probably my favorite, but Far was a pretty great main main character as well. Priya and Gram were good as well, but I felt that they didn't get as much time to shine, which didn't make me like them as much as I could. I didn't love, love, love anyone, though, although I liked them well enough. The action was interesting as well. I felt it was handled so brilliantly in the beginning. I was on the edge of my seat with the heists they were doing and with the questions concerning Elliot, but well, by the end, it kind of fell flat? Like, literally in the biggest moment and EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG time, I was...skimming through the pages, counting down how much I had left. I was seriously bored as the world was ending around our characters at the climax - which isn't a good thing. I just felt it got to be meh, and I don't quite understand why. Maybe the pacing got to be too slow? Or I was just too disconnected? I'm not quite sure. However, this was a super good read, and I really enjoyed it for the most part. It had its few struggles, but I thought that it did good overall. I enjoyed the characters, the concept was amazing, and the writing was good. I wish the ending would have been quite a bit stronger. 3.5 crowns actually, which is the most fitting thing ever because that means Jasmine rating who was taken to a whole new world JUST LIKE THIS BOOK AND I LOVE THE WAY THE UNIVERSE WORKS.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Invictus by Ryan Graudin Dear Ryan Graudin, this book needs to be released in paperback. Wow, a great concept, and love the mystery at the core of the book. A great book for young adult readers. Invictus comes from the science fiction theory and ideas of time travel. A young time observer has betrayed the rules of her organization, because of unexpectedly finding love in the past. Her resulting child makes the world change, the universe change, the multiverse change. The book shows the need for people to have support, personal and loving to over come things that challenge us. Most of all love, which is why things need to have exceptions, and love trumps all. You are drawn into the character of Faraway from his birth, until his personal sacrifice. His connections to his friends and family are not only a great support system but shows how love and self-sacrifice are the keys to life. Love the speed and depth of this book. I will be recommending this book to my local Middle school Library.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Invictus by Ryan Graudin is a young adult story that blends sci-fi with history. Born outside of time, Farway Gaius McCarthy is seen as somewhat of an oddity. With his mother lost in a time travel accident, his drive is to become a time ship captain and find her. When his final academy exam goes awry and he is kicked out of the program all seems lost, until he is approached with another proposition, stealing items from history, the moment before they were lost. But more importantly he gets to be captain of a time machine and quest throughout history. All is good until a familiar face complicates a seemingly normal heist and things start spinning out of Far's control.  First off, I very much liked the concept of Invictus from the get go. Sci-fi, time travel, historical events- sign me up! However, Invictus ended up being so much more than that. It became about the characters, Imogen and Gram's "are they ever gonna tell each other" attraction/relationship, Far and Priya with an assumed established dynamic that grows even deeper, and the complicated mystery that Eliot represents. I was drawn in to the adventure and the adrenaline to start but the relationships between the family/crew of the Invictus are where the book really shines. There were many twists and turns that you'd never see coming, which I won't give away here. Overall, I recommend Invictus by Ryan Graudin for too many reasons to count, but in the end because I had fun on the Invictus myself while reading the book by the same name.  (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
As soon as I heard the words "time travel," "Ryan Graudin," and "Doctor Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy," I couldn't get my hands on Invictus fast enough. I was so excited that I actually finished reading it within 24 hours of receiving it in the mail. This wacky time-traveling book absolutely stole my heart. There’s a red panda, wonderful friendships, and some incredibly detailed trips to the past. And yes, there’s romance. It’s definitely more action-oriented but the characters will still steal your heart. As always, Ryan Graudin’s writing was a joy to read. She handles the science fiction aspects with grace, making even the most complex easily understandable (I'm being slightly intentionally vague because I don't want to spoil anything). The pacing was perfect, I didn't feel as if any part dragged on or went by too quickly. There was heart-pounding action and some stellar plot twists. Even though Invictus was very much a fast-paced wild ride of a book, the characters and character development were still excellent. The dynamic of the crew honestly gave me strong Firefly vibes (which is high praise considering how much I love that show). Each character was unique and memorable on their own but they also fit together perfectly as a team. My favorite part of the novel were Imogen's ships logs entries, they just perfectly encapsulated the crew's dynamic. Invictus was a riveting, action-packed adventure through time that explored the meaning of family, love, and friendship. It was heart-warming, funny, and an absolute joy to read. I think fans of YA science fiction, or anyone intrigued by the summary, will adore this one! *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Invictus by Ryan Graudin Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: September 26, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (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. What I Liked: I've read all of Graudin's previous books (two with HarperCollins, three with Little, Brown), and I've enjoyed them all. I had no doubt that I would enjoy this new book. It is quite different compared to the others, with the subject matter being time travel, and I'd been looking forward to reading it since the announcement about the book was made. This book got off to a slow start, but I enjoyed it very much! Farway Gaius McCarthy - better known as Far - was not born in a time that he should have been. His mother was in between time periods when he was born, and nothing could be done about this. Seventeen years later, Far is taking exams to progress in his time-traveling career, and he is expected to pass with flying colors. But something goes wrong, and he is expelled. His expulsion is cruel and unjust, but he isn't out of options. He accepts a position as captain of a ship (which he names Invictus), smuggling rare goods from the past before they are destroyed. The heists go very well, especially with the exceptional crew Far has chosen. But a heist on the Titanic proves to be a disaster when a mysterious girl shows up and demands her way into the crew. Everything seems to unravel with the appearance of this girl, and Far discovers that nothing about his life is as it should be. Time-travel stories can be hit or miss for me. My favorite series is the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier - that was a fun and intriguing series, entertaining from start to finish. Other time-travel stories have been boring and confusing. So I'm always wary of new ones. But when I saw that Ryan Graudin was writing, I didn't really think twice about the content of the story. I trust Graudin's storytelling and I had a good feeling about this book. From the start, I adored Far. He is confident and a little arrogant, but not in an obnoxious way. There is something entirely endearing about him. He's the kind of hero that you love without having to know why. But there are so many good qualities about him - his persistence, his determination, his fearlessness, his selflessness, his confidence. He has an interesting sense of humor and he is a fun guy to follow. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like time travel much. It's usually gimmicky or too complicated. But I'm a huge fan or Doctor Who & Firefly, so I gave INVICTUS a chance. It was WORTH IT! Ryan's created a tight-knit crew with deep characterization. The plot is driven by high stakes and left me breathless, but without too much stress or anxiety (in today's stressful world, I've had to step away from really intense books). The writing is visual, clever, and well-balanced. The characters are engaging and endearing. The time travel is neither gimmicky nor overly complex (and I'm not an expert, but I think she manages any potential paradoxes). INVICTUS is well worth the read, even if you normally shy away from time travel.
forsakenfates More than 1 year ago
Ryan Graudin is one of those authors that has decent ideas but her execution of those stories is so flawless. She is able to pull you into the story and the characters' lives. I went into Invictus expecting just another science fiction novel with time travel and characters learning about the consequences of changing time. However, Invictus is so much more than that. I do not want to go into specifics for fear of spoiling anyone. But keep in mind this book is so much more than a time travel book. 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*
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I'm such a fan of time travel stories, and when I read this book was comped with Guardians of the Galaxy, all I heard in my head was - Must. Have. Now. Rarely have I come across a book with such a charming cast of well-developed characters - people you'd love to have as friends and hang out with. They're intelligent, sly, adventurous, mysterious, surrounded by danger and complex time travel regulations - yet full of teenage insecurities anyone can identify with, that also spawned several humorous situations. Complicated time travel talk can make your head spin, but it fascinated me and was thought-provoking. I enjoyed the history, action, banter between the crew, and was slightly surprised by the emotional element at the end, but it was very fitting. And after reading this, I want a red panda just like Saffron. Invictus is a long read at over 450 pages, but absolutely worth it - and it's a standalone, which is rare in YA books these days. I'd highly recommend this to fans of sci-fi and anyone who enjoys a fun, quirky ensemble cast of characters. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“Invictus” is a fantastic YA sci-fi adventure. I whole-heartedly agree with Revis’s review which says that it’s Firefly as teenagers with a tardis! Such an apt description. Here, we follow Farway (Far) as he fails to become what he has always desired to become- a Recorder, someone who travels through history to record key events (just as his mother was). Turned away from the Academy, he finds himself entering a life of crime, stealing key artifacts from history for wealthy buyers in the present. He gets to choose his crew (a fun cast of characters) and for each mission they complete, they also get to make one of their own. Things go awry when they are collecting something from the Titanic. Absolutely engaging and fascinating, we get to explore not just one realm of sci-fi but so many. I won’t say too much to avoid spoilers, but I felt like a kid at Christmas with this book- sci-fi lovers will absolutely rejoice! This book was absolutely an original and delves into how we define ourselves and our world as well as how the past shapes the future. The characters here were fantastic. I loved Far’s cousin, Imogen, whose personality is as colorful as her hair. Priya, Far’s love interest, was steady and solid- I wish we had gotten to explore their relationship more, but it broke the YA barriers for being relatively drama-free and a good dose of a pretty healthy relationship. Gram was a fun character as well and reminded me of Wash from Firefly quite a bit, in the best way! One of the really great things about the way the book is written is that we don’t focus exclusively on Far’s perspective but get to see things from different character’s perspectives, really giving each of them a life and deeper personality. I also loved that I couldn’t figure out all the twists and turns and the plot kept surprising me as I read- it’s wonderful to follow a story and continue to be surprised by where it takes you. This is a great journey! I could easily see this being made into a fantastic TV show- brilliant characters, fascinating premise, and just the perfect amount of adventure/mystery. This is a really excellent book which I hope will be followed up with more books featuring these characters. I think it’s a really great sci-fi read (not just YA) and I look forward to more from this talented author! Please note that I received an ARC through netgalley. All opinions are my own.