Author: Ryan Graudin
Publishing Date: September 26th, 2017
Series Status: Standalone
# of pages: 464
My rating: 5/5 stars
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.
* I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review *
I loved this book so much and honestly I don’t know how to properly convey how much I enjoyed reading this book within this review but I will try my best.
This story is all about a gang of time traveling thieves and a little red panda that make their way through time and space going on all sorts of adventures. I was really excited about this book since I haven’t read much sci-fi lately and I can definitely say this story did not disappoint. From the first couple pages until the very end I was hooked.
Starting with the characters let’s talk about the eclectic gang that make up the Invictus crew. We have our resident Captain Far, who gave me some Captain Kirk vibes but also was just downright hilarious but also not overly impulsive for a main character. His demeanor was very joking and prideful but it never stood in the way of hard decisions which is what made me respect him so much. Then there’s the Historian in charge of all things past and present, Imogen, who is someone I can only hope to be. Besides the fact she changes hair color everyday she exudes positivity while also being a relatively straight shooter. My favorite thing about her was that she has a gelato obsession because who doesn’t love gelato? Then we meet Priya who is the medic/fixer upper on the crew and she is definitely another incredible character. I loved that she was so firm in her beliefs and even when doubts about things came up she was one to actually want to try and make a change. We then meet Gram, who besides his ever rising Tetris score manages to remind me of myself at times. Whether it’s calculating the distance between you and another person or figuring out how to travel through time and space he’s the guy for the job. He’s the quirkiest one out of the group but by far was my favorite character. We finally meet Eliot who I consider to be the resident bad ass of the crew. She’s the outlier who shows up unexpectedly and makes her own rules but always manages to convince everyone that it will all work out. She definitely made every moment count.
A particular thing that I loved about this story was that the main romance in the story never changed. It was pre-established and there was no new love interest thrown into the mix. Instead of seeing the blossoming of the relationship we got to see the realistic side after everything. This was so important because it added development to each character but also expressed how the group as a whole was so close knit and how much they are willing to do for each other.
The other thing that I really enjoyed was the incredible writing from Graudin. I have read a book of hers before and just like with that one it was her writing style that I fell in love with. With this story you could see the writing flow but it was also amazing to see how there were never moments that felt information was being dropped. Everything was done so meticulously that the story flowed at a fast pace but created a cohesive story.
Along with that I loved the amount of time travel that actually took place. We get to tag along on so many of their adventures and time jumps and the descriptions of each place were breathtaking. I was so hooked on Graudin’s descriptions of the past and how she incorporated each character into the story. She speaks on how diversity is viewed in the specific times as well as different societal standards throughout. It was truly amazing and something I easily fell in love with.
Overall this book was incredible and amazing and all those other little synonyms for the same word that I am at a loss for because this story leaves me breathless. I would seriously recommend if you love insane space travel, thievery, strong women, important talks on the past, and gelato.