Praise For Invictus…
* "Invictus is a creative, mesmerizing adventure... From start to finish, it will captivate readers with unique characters, intriguing concepts, and an adorable red panda. It would be a great disservice to this generation of action-packed cinema to dismiss this novel without attempting to bring it to the big screen... Invictus is a ride that no young adult reader should miss."—VOYA Teen Reviewer (starred review)
"If the crew from Firefly somehow wound up as teenagers on the TARDIS and had to solve a Fringe-type mystery before time literally disappeared, you'd have something like Invictus."—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series and A World Without You
"A nonstop thrill ride from start to finish--I raced through Invictus at top speed! With this book, Ryan Graudin proves she can conquer any genre she turns her hand to. Fun, cheeky, high-stakes, and totally immersive, this story is wildly imaginative and brilliantly original. Jump on board without hesitation: You'll love Invictus."—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of the Illuminae Files
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316503075, 464pp.
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
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1. After he fails his exam, Far is faced with the opportunity to become a time-traveler on the black market. Is it worth the moral compromise to become a thief in order to achieve his dreams? Would you make the same choice if your life-long dream came to a screeching halt?
2. The time travelers of 2354 are able to vacation in any time and era they could imagine. Where would you go if you were able to bend space and time? What artifact from history would you steal?
3. The corps maxim is “The future’s hope is in the past.” What does it say about the society of 2354 that they are so obsessed with history? What will future historians have to say about our current era?
4. Invictus is told from the perspective of many narrators. How did that affect your experience of reading the book?
5. Far’s world is turned on its head after meeting Eliot. How would the story change if he hadn’t let her on the ship?
6. Each of the crew members of the Invictus have their own distinct personalities and quirks. How did that help them work together? How did it get in their way? Which character did you most identify with?
7. “Invictus” is also the name a of poem by William Ernest Henley, the first stanza of which is quoted in the book:
Out of the night which covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
How does this stanza apply to the book?