I received Invictus in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Hachette Children’s Group and Netgally.
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
If you’re a fan of time travel, you’re 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 Titanic and places like Vegas. The story follows the crew of the Invictus, a bunch of time travelling teenagers who work illegally for a man named Lux, jumping through time to steal items that were lost in catastrophic events throughout history. It’s fast paced with exciting plot twists you don’t see until the smack you in the face, heart stopping moments and fun, lovable characters.
Farway was a good main character, I liked him well enough, but he wasn’t my favourite out of the Invictus crew by a long shot. His relationship with Priya left a lot to be desired, they fell in love off camera so we never got to see anything develop between the two of them, they just were, and I couldn’t get on board with their relationship, it felt very stale. Imogen, Far’s cousin, was one of my favourite characters, she was quirky, funny and bright (literally), and she had a pet Red Panda, Saffron! I feel like if she hadn’t been part of the Invictus’ crew, they would have been a bit of a dull bunch. I loved her relationships with all the other main characters too, especially her relationship with Gram, those two were adorable! Gram was the super intelligent numbers guy, he got them to and back from the past, he was your stereotypical nerdy guy when it came to feelings and a beautiful girl. I found Priya a little boring, although near the end I did start to like her a tiny bit more, unfortunately it was too little, too late. Elliot was a mystery for the most part and we didn’t learn much about her until later, so I think I should keep it that way for you, too. Together, the characters dynamic worked well and as a group, I really did love them.
Although Invictus was a little slow to start, once it got going the plot was fast paced, there was always something going on, something new to contend with and that kept me firmly planted in this world. The writing style made it easy to understand all the technical time travel talk without causing me any confusion, which was a blessing in my eyes, there’s nothing worse than trying to read a book you just don’t understand and I think Ryan did a great job. The twists in the plot were not ones that I could see coming and I found myself trying to work out what was going to happen, or what was happening, only to realise I was totally wrong. Overall, I really enjoyed Invictus, it was a fun, fast and interesting read.
// Invictus is due to be published on September 26th 2017 //