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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  5,235 ratings  ·  1,391 reviews
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
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Ryan Graudin
Aug 31, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
After writing the WOLF BY WOLF duology, I found I was emotionally exhausted from spending so much time in that gritty mental landscape. INVICTUS was a chance to let my imagination play: time traveling thieves, gelato, a red panda, a heist on the Titanic! I had such a fun time writing these characters and their adventures, and I hope you have just as much fun reading it.
Elle (ellexamines)
It's all about perspective, isn't it? That's why Aunt Empra loved time travel so much. She always said the past helped her make sense of the present...sometimes even the future, too. I didn't understand what she meant until I started traveling. When you witness the breadth of history, you understand how small you are. And yet at the same time you realize how much your life much you shape the people around you.

This book feels like a lacking-in-character-development version of
Cristina Monica
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel
I am a happy reader.

You see, time travel and I do not have much in common. I much rather focus on the future than the past and time travel would be nothing without the past.

So how come I managed to finish this 450-page book and enjoy it in the process?

Two words: Ryan Graudin

I knew I should try this book, despite the time-traveling, having been surprised by historical fiction/fantasy series WOLF BY WOLF. You just never know what kind of creature-book youre faced with when it comes to this
Larry H
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

Looking to take a bit of a rollicking ride, meshing time travel, history, and science fiction? Check out Ryan Graudin's Invictus , and get ready to head into the futureand back into the past.

Farway ("Far") Gaius McCarthy is the son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator from ancient Rome. For all intents and purposes, he shouldn't have even been born, since his existence challenges the laws of time. Growing up hearing of his mother's exploits throughout time,
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books

The best way to my heart is through time travel.

It's no secret that time travel is my absolute favourite trope, and that I will forever seek out new stories involving jumps through time. When I first found out about Invictus, it was THE book I needed, and when I managed to snag an ARC at YALC, I was over the moon.

With such high hopes, it would have been too easy to be let down. If not done well, the specifics and rules of time travel
It's time travel, bish.

(fun fact: my grandma watches Doctor Who from time to time and she calls it "that tv show with that doctor that goes around in a weird box".
No matter how many times I've told her, she's also still convinced this is some sort of fantasy medical drama)
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Farway Gaius McCarthy's mother was a time traveling recorder from 2354 AD that had broken the rules and engaged in a relationship with a gladiator from 95 AD which brought Farway into the world. When she stayed too long in the past to witness the outcome of her love's fight in the arena though she went into labor before returning to her own time causing Farway to be born outside of time which defied the laws of nature.

Now Farway has been studying to become a time traveler himself when he fails
9/10/19: Putting this back on the shelf for now because NEW STEPHEN KING.


It's not you.

It's me.

Until we meet again...
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
***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,
rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
i have zero desire to continue reading this atm maybe I'll come back to it later

dnf @ 28%


idk about the cover but the
first chapter
looks intriguing

I could go back and kill Hitler, Far joked. Isnt that every time travelers dream?

i couldn't stop myself


Time. Traveling. Thieves.

also: "Dr. Who meets Firefly meets Looper."

aLSO: "Dr. Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy"

Kate (GirlReading)
I was lucky enough to receive an early ARC copy of Ryan Graudins upcoming YA Sci-Fi, Invictus from the lovely people at the BKMRK stand at YALC at the end of July. After getting my copy signed and nodding like a manic bobblehead at everything Ryan Graudin said whilst on a Writing & Social Change panel, I couldnt have been more excited to pick it up.

*Read my full review here*

Ive had an odd relationship with reading for a few months now. Ive been
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED THIS. I need something bigger than capital letters to really capture how much I loved it. It's so weird to say that about a sci-fi book because usually, I don't click with them but this felt like it was a tailored to my exact favourite things about books.

The crew reminded me of that from The Lunar Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus (when I figured out the latter comparison, I felt like crying over how much I missed that bunch of heroes.) The friendship is strong, the relationships are
Roshani Chokshi
I got to read this in draft, and it was PHENOMENAL. This ensemble cast will capture your heart. It's an emotionally urgent, vivid, and inspiring read. Three cheers for all the Firefly/Dr. Who references <3
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, time-travel
HADES THIS WAS EXCELLENT! Full review on my blog!!!
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
** My 500th review posted on Goodreads :) **

So I'm kind of mixed on this book. On the one hand, I loved the pacing and forward momentum of the story, which kept events feeling really exciting. On the other hand, I wasn't feeling much for the actual characters themselves, and so I felt like the story lacked emotional depth. The overall result was a little...unsatisfying.

I did like the writing, and I still want to try some of Graudin's other books. I enjoyed Invictus well enough while I was
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most action packed and perfectly crafted adventures I've ever read.

Invictus is genius and will keep you guessing with twists and turns you'll never see coming! I loved every single relationship dynamic (unrequited love that isn't actually unrequited? YES PLEASE) and the pacing was off-the-charts good. Like, seriously, this might just be the most impressive book I've ever read. Ryan Graudin is an absolute gem.

If you liked the crew dynamics of 'Six of Crows', the timey-wimely space
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, dnf
(Read the wolf by wolf duology from this author, different vibe, historical fiction so it's actually good, clear plot, cool power from the main character)

Ew gross this was so bad. Terrible character development, no plot, x2 instalove, very little worldbuilding (because time travel). I went forward a bit to 45% and I still have no idea what the plot is supposed to be.

Read this part my initial review sucked:

I going to add a bit more to this review. There are 5
Thank you to Hachette Children's Books for kindly sending me a copy to review. All thoughts are my own, however. 



Invictus has stumped me. And, not in a good way. It's stumped me because I have never been this confused on how to rate a book. I've struggled between a 4 and a 3 for the beginning of the book, but as the story continued my attention wavered and I struggled to stay absorbed in the world and plot. I'm honestly just confused.

Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
DNF half way through

The writing style, plot and characters are just so unreal and bizarrely done... this is just not holding my interest at the moment but maybe Ill come back to it one day.
Gemma ♕ antari.and.the.books
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Beatrice in Bookland
"Farway Gaius McCarthy only ever wanted to see the world, not save one."

I'm not the biggest fan of time travel books, almost always there are way too long descriptions of the places and the era in general and I get bored out of my mind. And there were some unnecessarily long descriptions in Invictus but they didn't bother me too much.

I loved the first and last 100 pages, the middle was pretty boring. Some scenes were really unnecessary and filled with flowery writing and philosophical thoughts
Shannon (kitchandpages)
Probably landing around 3.75-4 stars. I really like the concept of time travel and dimensions, however, I read an entire series that does this very similarly in the last couple of years: Firebird by Claudia Gray. But I still really enjoyed this and the ensemble cast element, reminiscent of Lunar Chronicles. Definitely worth a read though! I enjoyed the writing and pace of the story and I think Ryan Grayson is a great writer.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-btr
I loved this books (if my rating does not tell you
There are few books that get time travel right and even fewer YA books that deal with the opic, But this was the exception, from the beginning you get the sense that something big is happening and the book delivers. If you love Doctor Who, then you will love this books. There is an anomaly in the space continuum thread and is threatening to end reality as we know, The Catalyst? ... a boy named Far , He doesn't know it but his existence
may ❀
Oct 24, 2017 marked it as on-hold-ill-get-to-it-one-day  ·  review of another edition
i have zero idea what this is about so :|

...and im not gonna read the synopsis (thosE THINGS HAVE SO MUCH FRICKEN SPOILERS I SWEAR ITS RIDICULOUS) so let's just hope its not trash :))

Buddy read part two with the little uni boy
Jordan (Her Paper Adventure)
You can also see my full review on my blog!

I received Invictus in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Hachette Childrens Group and Netgally.

If youre a fan of time travel, youre going to love Invictus, I found it to be a lot of fun and quite fascinating, having not read many books based around this subject. Set in the future, Invictus has a generous mix of scfi and history throughout, with flying time machines and droids in their current time, then jumping back to the past, to the
Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
I've only read one other book by Ryan Graudin so far, and I experienced similar issues with Invictus as I did with The Walled City. I haven't yet read Wolf by Wolf, which is supposed to be amazing, but so far, Ryan Graudin has not made into onto my auto-buy list. I was cautious going into this, as time travel is difficult to impress me with. There's always a flaw in the logic but this was not what fell flat for me in this book.

Invictus is based on an interesting concept and Graudin knows how to
Dannii Elle
How could you not want to read a book whose synopsis begins: "Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome". I was immediately sold! The story-line develops from here to include red pandas, rainbow-hair, parties in Vegas, trips to the Titanic, and pirating some of history's lost artefacts from aboard a time-travelling spaceship.

The actual narrative was instantaneously compelling. There are little foundations to the
Bec (becklebooks)
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this one a lot! Will share a review on my blog once I've written it. ^_^

Here's my review, whew!
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hope that this feels as good as it sounds 👀🤞 ...more
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Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, South Carolina, with a severe case of wanderlust. When shes not traveling, shes busy writing and spending time with her husband and wolf dog. She is the author of Invictus, the Wolf By Wolf duology, The Walled City, and the All That Glows Series. ...more

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