Author: Ryan Graudin
Source: ARC from YALC (Thank you TeamBkmrk!)
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
I’ll be honest and admit that I hadn’t even known that Ryan Graudin had a new book coming out until I was told about it at YALC, on the morning that these books were dropped. I felt a little bad that I managed to nab one of these, considering the line was SO long. However, I did read Wolf by Wolf on one of the many European trains that we had to take and enjoyed that so had to get my hands on this one. Not to mention it’s a mash up of History and Sci-Fi, so I just had to have it!
This book has mentioned in the same sentence as Dr. Who and I do agree to an extent, but it’s not quite like Dr. Who. I used to love watching that TV program, but this felt like something more. Plus, the crew is made up of 4 people, rather than the Doctor and his sidekick(s).
I was not left feeling disappointed by this book at all. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this fantastic book, but I just fell in love with it. With the inclusion of the Titanic, I knew immediately that I would enjoy this book. It featured historic events, heists and an amazing crew. It basically had me wishing that time travel actually existed, although it’s probably a good thing that it doesn’t!
The writing in this book was so good. The pacing was kept up which left me wanting more and the chapters were a decent length which kept me happy. We also get multiple point of views throughout this book which I quite enjoyed. I think my favourite character was Imogen. From the colourful hair down to her personality, I loved her.
The characters in this book were so good. I honestly wish that they existed in real life because I would love to actually know them. They all had a personality of their own and worked together so well. There was even the feature of a red panda, which I thought was such a funny addition to this book! Farway McCarthy is the first main character we meet in this book, and it’s basically down to him that this book happens. Well, technically it’s down to him, but not really. You’ll understand more as you read this book. As I said, Imogen was my favourite character in this book, but the others followed closely behind.
The plot of this book was just fantastic. It flowed into each other so well, and I loved being transported to so many different settings with the crew. The ending was also something I enjoyed. I do want answers following the ending, but it does come to quite a nice and satisfying close. That is a good thing because this book is a standalone and I would be quite sad if it had been left on a cliffhanger.
I would most definitely recommend this book, especially if you are a lover of History and time travel. It’s such an enjoyable and fast paced book and I had a pleasure reading it!
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