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.
Ryan Graudin has provided a fairly long plot driven novel examining the use of time travel as a plot device and thankfully managed to keep it inside one novel instead of turning this into a series as seems to be the go to method way too often.
I was surprised given its length that very little time was devoted to character development as he seemed to be more focused on story than people but in the end it wasn’t a big enough issue to take away from enjoying the book. He still managed to provide a diverse set of characters that felt individually unique and interesting.
Admittedly I don’t read much SciFi, the closest I get is more in the Fantasy realm, but I actually liked it thanks to the relatively fast pace and intriguing world that somehow seemed possibly real instead of farfetched. He seemed to take the phrase “twists and turns” to a whole new level with his story winding in one direction then suddenly moving into another. It’ll definitely keep you on your toes.
It helped that the main character, Far, is so easy to fall into and want to read about along with the supporting cast. Something about it reminded me a little bit of that DC show Legends of Tomorrow just without the superhero aspect, maybe more along the lines of Doctor Who then, with just enough humor to take the serious edge off.
Thank you to Netgalley and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for allowing me to review this!
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*synopsis and image from Netgalley