Title – Invictus
Author – Ryan Graudin
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 464 pages
Publication Date – September 21st 2017 by Orion Children’s Books
ISBN – 9781510102866
My Rating – ★★★/5
Farway McCarthy is a time traveller. He doesn’t have anywhere he calls home and not a lot to anchor him to the present. Far captains a crew on missions into the past.
On his recent trip, Far runs into Eliot – a mysterious girl and ends up following her in a race against time. They need to protect their present lives from disappearing forever.
I received a copy of Invictus from Hachette New Zealand to review. This is the fourth book of Ryan’s that I’ve read. I think my favourites are still her Wolf by Wolf duology.
I was in a reading slump when I read this so I’m not really sure if it was that of the fact that I couldn’t really connect to Far – who was the main character – and his massive ego that drove me nuts and put me off him and the book. I mean, it could have been both? I don’t think the book dragged but it did feel like it took a long time for the story to get interesting to me. I think because it took so long for the reason behind Eliot joining the crew of the Invictus to come out as well that I just got bored waiting. But when it all came out the story did seem to pick up and finally caught my interest. I can’t remember how far into the book I was when that happened though.
As you can probably tell I didn’t really like Far all that much. I did respect the choice he made at the end but by then I think it was just too late for me to actually like him as a character. I did like Imogen, Gram and Pryia though. I think Eliot was a little too much like Far for me to like. Maybe less arrogant but I can’t really remember. I think my favourite character in Invictus was Imogen, she was funny and a pet red panda!
Anyway, even though it took me a while to get into the story, I did like it. I do love stories about time travel. And the twist to this story was so good! Oh and I did like the ending, even though it was a little cheesy.
I think Invictus was a stand alone but if there ever was a sequel, and I don’t see why there would be, I’m not sure I’d read it. I liked the ending of Invictus and feel like a sequel could ruin it. But at the same time I could be interesting to see if Far had changed… Probably not though.
If you enjoy time travel and some pretty good twists then I recommend picking up a copy of Invictus.
*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*