Invictus - by Ryan Graudin

Invictus is a fun YA time travel tale with a lot of jumping back and forth through time to try and save the universe. The book is set in the year 2371 where people are obsessed with the past and where time travelers go back and record history through video for the general public to watch. Farway McCarthy's mother is a famous recorder and he wants to follow in her footsteps. His plans go awry and he finds himself instead the captain of a time travel ship that steals artifacts from the past right before they get destroyed and lost for good. Farway and his crew go to the Titanic right before it sinks to steal a book when someone else beats him to it. There is a lot more going on then Farway and his crew realize and the fate of the universe depends on them. The book is a pretty fast book to read for 400+ pages. There is a lot going on but not overly technical on the science stuff and the plot wasn't overly convoluted and was easy to follow.

From the books blurb:

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.

I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Nyxia - by Scott Reintgen

I really liked the cover of this book when I saw it and it made me stop and read the blurb. It sounded like it could be a fun book to read. I was disappointed. The story is about 15 year old Emmett who is mysteriously recruited, along with 9 other kids, to go to a far off planet. All of the kids have one thing in common: they are all dirt poor and broken. The lure of money, lots of it, and free health care for ailing parents is just too great. All the kids are just too eager to jump on board and leave their families behind. When they get on board they find out that they will need to compete against other for a spot to Eden. The entire book is from Emmett's point of view. Endless pages of Emmett describing each game they compete in and how it went down and who won and how many points he has. Every once in a while Emmett (and a few other players) question why they are there and what is the Babel Corporation trying to turn them into and what secrets are they keeping. Then every one forgets and goes back to the game and each one is determined to get to this planet. 384 pages later, Emmett is still describing all the games they compete in and the book ends with winners leaving for the planet. There was a lost opportunity to have the kids investigate what's going and finding answers and for some suspense. Something else was needed to keep this book interesting. I kept waiting and it didn't happen.

From the books blurb:

Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.


Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden--a planet that Babel has kept hidden--where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Dark Net - Benjamin Percy

This is the first Benjamin Percy book I have read. The book was a fast read for me and held my interest through out and the ending was good but there could have been more character development. The book is only 272 pages so character development isn't going to be as extensive. So besides that the story is interesting. If you like a pure techno-thriller and not a fan of the supernatural then this book might not be for you. The story is unique with the use of the ancient demons and technology to wreak havoc on the world. Good versus evil. There are good guys in the world that have a special ability to see the darkness of evil. This unlikely crew needs to stop a virus from spreading and taking over the world and the human race. Overall a pretty fast paced book with a mix of mystery, horror and sci-fi.

From the books blurb:

Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away…

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew:

Twelve-year-old Hannah -- who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness-- wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.

Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.

Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.

And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.

They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.

Set in present-day Portland, The Dark Net is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back.

I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.