Once upon a time, I was obsessed with history and mythology… and more specifically, Roman history and mythology. So a story that comes along with the title “Invictus” (which also happens to be the name of a really old, and poorly received, pc video game where you got to play Odysseus and stomp around ancient Greece and wreak havoc), and has an MC that is the offspring of a time traveler from 2354 and a roman gladiator — well, I’m on board. It looks like it is part Jumper (the Hayden Christensen / Rachel Bilson movie) and part The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig but with a male lead and a sci-fi spaceship Ender Wiggins kind of feel plus a little Pirates of the Caribbean with the thievery / heist bit. I don’t know. Obviously I haven’t read it, but those are the vibes I’m getting from the blurb.
Anyone else heard of this one yet? What do you think?
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
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 his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.
In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.