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Literature / Invictus

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After Farway Gaius McCarthy fails his exam to join the Corps of Central Time Travelers, he gets a job offer from the black market. Far accepts, and becomes the captain of a group of time-traveling thieves, who steal lost historical artifacts. The other members of his crew are Priya Parekh, Imogen McCarthy, and Gram. On a heist at the Titanic, they meet a time-traveling girl named Eliot, who has secrets that she's not willing to share. This book by Ryan Graudin was published in 2017.

This book contains examples of:

  • Black Market: The main characters are time-traveling thieves that steal artifacts to sell on the black market.
  • Casual Time Travel: Traveling to the past to record history is an official job in the Corps of Central Time Travelers.
  • Changed My Jumper: Averted. Imogen always makes sure to acquire historically-accurate clothing for their heists, so they don't attract any attention.
  • Ensemble Cast: There are five main characters, who have about equal screentime: Gram, Far, Eliot, Priya, and Imogen.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Imogen dyes her hair a different color every day.
  • The Medic: Priya studied medicine before joining the team, and continues patching wounds from the crew's adventures.
  • Pocket Dimension: Eliot carries around an invisible one of these. She can fit many objects into it, including people and weapons.
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  • Reset Button Suicide Mission: Far takes his father's place in the gladiator's ring to die, because he knows he will survive when the others alter the timeline.
  • Rubik's Cube: International Genius Symbol: Gram has many Rubik's cubes, and enjoys quickly solving them.
  • Team Pet: Saffron, the red panda who lives on the ship. Imogen adores him, Far is annoyed by him.
  • Teleportation: Eliot and the rest of the Multiverse Bureau can teleport through space.
  • Time Machine: The time-traveling spaceship that the main characters travel on.
  • Time Police: The Corps also function as these. They make sure no one violates the rules of time travel, and thieves like the main characters have to avoid them.
  • The Smart Guy: Gram is the most book smart of the group, and is responsible for calculating the coordinates to get their ship to the right time.
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  • Time-Travel Romance: Far's mother was a time traveler who fell in love with his father, a gladiator in ancient Rome.