Ok, first let me just say this book BLOWS my mind! I have not read a book like this before! You all know I love historical fiction, but when it is mixed with sci-fi and time travel??? Omg yes!!! I am a happy happy reader here!!!
I am going to try to write this review without any spoilers as you have to go in blind!
First of all, let’s just talk about this world building. What an amazing and utterly unique world Ryan Graudin has created. It basically is a futuristic world set hundreds years from now where people who work for the “government” can be assigned to travel back in time to help absorb the history that is not on record nor documented properly. Of course, you will have “other people” who are also in possession of the time travel machine to do “other” things like smuggle treasures from the past… the world is soooo rich and sooo vivid I feel like I am watching a movie and seeing the scenes being play right in front of my eyes! How Ryan came up with it I have no idea but please keep it coming. I am amazed!
Second of all and also what I LOVE the most about this book is the characters of the story. I just LOVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM! The crew of Invictus (and you will have to read the book to see how they become part of the time travelling group) are sooooooooooo adorable and lovable. Each one of them have their unique quirks, their unique personalities and own storyline. I just love love love how Ryan writes about each one of them. I even adore that pet on the ship! Farway makes me swoon and I want a Farway of my own; Gram makes me wanna listen to everything he has to say; Imogen makes me want to be her best friend (and that girl knows her color very well!); Priya makes me want to be the best version of myself; Eliot makes me want to give her the biggest hug in the world. And I also love all other characters in the story, they may have smaller part but each has their own story and history. I just feel such strong connection with every one of them. It has friendship, it has family, it has romance, it has humour, it has loneness; I have laughed out loud in some and I was so heart broken in some. Love every minute of it!
Let’s also not forget about the time travel, back to the past, the bc the ad the titanic the …. (not going to spoil for you). With history mixes with time travel, I am mesmerised. There is always something so charming about it and I think Ryan has done an exceptional job.
To the honest I am not ready for this book to end yet! I want more of their adventure and their journey! The book will be released in the UK on 21 September. Please make sure you put it on your TBR and pre-order!
Title: Invictus; Author: Ryan Graudin; Publisher: Orion Children’s Books