The Book ✯✯✯✯✯
I was in such a terrible reading slump, and finally decided I needed a book that was already out and I could hold in my hands. Invictus was a wild ride from start to finish... to start? In the author's own words, it is certainly an ouroboros with enough science in the fiction to challenge you. Making it feel like you are drowning in the sea while never really wanting to come up for a breath of air.
Ryan Graudin is a spectacular author. This is everything I have ever wanted in a book without ever realizing I was needing it. We begin with time traveling pirates. Stealing precious pieces of history for the black market at the cusp of disaster, the crew introduces us to the sinking of the Titanic, the Colosseum in all its gruesome splendor, and the modern Vegas in stunning first person.
While almost fanatical, bits of string theory and true science make this a story that is believable as it is viable. It took me a few days to read because of the sheer uniqueness of the plot and devices, but Graudin writes with such beautiful, descriptive text that it doesn't ever seem to drag.
Read this one. You will not regret it.