OH MY GOD. I randomly got this book while giving a secret password at the Hachette booth at BookCon. I received the Cruel Prince and then saw this book lying there and asked if I could take a copy… I am so happy the lady said yes!!!!
Author: Ryan Graudin
Rating: 5/5 stars
Pub date: September 26, 2017
I received this book as an ARC from BookCon. This is an honest review.
Wow. Honestly, I didn’t even know what this book was about when I picked it up. I just loved the cover and had heard people getting it at BEA, so I figured it was probably a good read. I read the blurb and found that it said it was a mixture of Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy… WHAAAT? That caught my eye right away and I dove into this book headfirst, which is honestly the only way to dive into this book. This story follows Far, a boy from the future that is trying his hand at theiving and time travel. Yeah, they TIME TRAVEL in this book. His ship is called Invictus, and along with his crew and a new unlikely guest, they fight to stop time from destroying itself.
Okay I know you’re probably overwhelmed with that whole summary. But, seriously, this book was amazing. I fell in love with the the characters and the story and I desperately wish this was a series because I would pick up the sequel in a heartbeat. The main reason I loved this book was because of the story. It was just so unique and enthralling and there were plenty of historical elements to the book, including the Titanic, old France and Rome. I found this historical elements fitting into the story perfectly and who doesn’t love a little time travel? There are also a few Doctor Who references in this book, including the use of blue box as a sort of exclamation. Oh, I should mention: there are a few made-up swears in this book that are kind of adorable and I love them. The second thing I loved about this book were the characters. I have to say my favorite was Imogen. I related to her awkwardness and need for fantasy hair (mine is ombré dark pink!). She was also one of the smartest people on the Invictus crew and she dazzled everyone with her historical knowledge, which they needed to effectively complete missions without detection.
There isn’t much I disliked about this book. It was a pretty long one, rounding out at about 450 pages in the ARC copy. I didn’t feel like it was rushed and I felt that all of my questions were answered by the end of the book. Again, I wish that there were more books coming because the story was so unique and fascinating, but it’s okay. I will definitely be checking out more of Ryan’s books!
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Doctor Who, or time travel, or anyone who wants a great read. It was so fantastic to have a great book after a little bit of a book depression (I DNF’d a couple of books yesterday ):) and be lifted up by this fantastic tale.
Happy reading! ~ Taylor