Invictus Paperback – 21 Sep 2017
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Graudin depicts the futuristic, high-tech world and the fulsome and frenzied historical settings with equal richness . . . A madcap, vivid time-travel tale with a strong ensemble (Kirkus)
Invictus gripped my heart. Graudin's achingly beautiful prose and thoughtful exploration of time, history, and identity create a stunning story. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and yet I wanted to savour each decadent sentence. Readers be warned, you'll want to stop time to live in this tale (Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen)
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)
Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. (Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy on WOLF BY WOLF)
All-in-all, it's an incredible read and fans of Dr Who or time-travel in general will be hooked. (Maximum Pop!)
Invictus makes you want to rush through it but is solid and challenging enough to stop you doing just that. [...] If epic adventure, fabulous settings and thoughtful worldbuilding are your things, you're going to love Invictus. (The Bookbag)
Invictus was a gripping, fast paced, action packed, funny, heart warming, rollercoaster of a read and I couldn't recommend it more highly. (Girl Reading)
...literally crafted to perfection so you'll never want to put it down! If you're a fan of The Heroes of Olympus series, or Six of Crows, basically anything where a group of kids have to come together and save the world/steal some stuff, then you're going to love this book. (Heart Full of Books)
It's got twists and turns that had me gaping in amazement, as well as emotional scenes that made my heart hurt. (Wishes On Eyelashes)
Invictus was a highflying knock out for Ryan. Readers will be taken on a time travelling adventure and they definitely will not want it to end. (Literary-ly Obsessed)
Dr Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this thrilling sci-fi novel with a historical twist from Carnegie Medal nominated author Ryan Graudin.See all Product description
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It's a very unusual book for this genre. Because it's not part of a series or a trilogy. It's a complete and self contained story in one volume.
It runs for four hundred and fifty four pages. It has a prologue. Four parts. An epilogue. And is further divided into fifty two chapters.
The main character is a young man called Farway Mccarthy. He comes from the future, when time travel has long since been discovered. When people will roam the past to film it for hungry audiences in the present. And stop any illicit or dangerous activity.
The circumstances of his birth make him rather special. Life though doesnt turn out as he expected. Which leads him to become Captain of a time travel vessel, with a crew of three others, that goes on very dangerous missions.
Then he meets Eliot. A mysterious girl who gets onto his ship. Who needs his help and needs his trust. But can't tell him why. But if he can't work with her, then everyone and everything might be in grave danger...
There's a lot of set up in here to begin with. Starting with the prologue, where you learn how Farway was born. There's a point in the prologue where it suddenly grabs you, by being able to make you emotionally invested in what happens.
Part one of the book, where the main narrative then kicks in, also has a lot of set up to do. But the pages turn quite nicely during all this, thanks to some clear and readable prose.
It does feel early on like a four star book. Something that's perfectly good but not exceptional enough to be really great. But that's deceptive, because this is a book that knows where it's going right from the off. By the time the plot has really kicked in, revealed all it's surprises, and really got going, at the start of part three, it really will have you hooked and desperate to see what happens.
Through all of part two it does steadily intrigue with some clever little moments that don't seem important initially but will in due course, and it also steadily invests your interest in the characters. The small number of those allows for them to have good interaction and appealing chemistry, so you do care about how it works out for them.
So once this is all in place, there's a great deal of narrative tension and threat to be deal with, making it a real page turner.
Part four, where it resolves all this, does lose a bit of the pace and drive though. As it has to jump about through multiple viewpoints.
But then the book rallies for a decent epilogue, which has enough emotional punch to it to make it stick with you for a while after.
A very good bit of science fiction and good character drama with it. Well worth a read. If you're fourteen. Or older.
Futuristic with touches of history, it was so unique, I've not read anything like this before and I would recommend it so much if you like YA sci-fi
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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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