Monday, June 9, 2014

The Infinity Ring #1- A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner

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I just started a middle grade series that many kids have been into for the last couple years. It is Scholastic's The Infinity Ring. The first book in the series is A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner.

The Story-
Students Dak Smyth and Sera Froste are both geniuses in their own regard. Dak has a unique ability to remember history and Sera is able to understand quantum physics. One afternoon they sneak into Dak's parent's secret lab and discover the Infinity Ring, a time traveling device that is almost finished. Of course, Sera is able to finish it.

It is then that things go horribly wrong. Dak's parents are lost in time and Dak and Sera are both kidnapped and taken to the Historians headquarters. There they learn that the world they live in is coming apart. That events in the past happened incorrectly and that the resulting disturbances in the time line are causing the Earth to collapse. The Historians have been waiting for someone to create a time travel device, so that they can go fix the breaks in time. However, while the Historians have waited thousands of years, the SQ their enemies, have taken advantage of the time breaks and become rich and powerful. They want the time breaks to continue.

Dak and Sera's first mission is to save Christopher Columbus from a mutiny.

My Thoughts-

This is a fun series for kids and there is even an online game to go with everything. The books will be written by different authors, so there will be different styles and art.

Okay, here is what I liked. The whole first part of the book we watch Dak and Sera going about their daily lives, and living in a world where history is obviously wrong (to us, not them). They mention things like the US capitol being Philadelphia and Mount Rushmore with different Presidents on it. I loved picking up on the little and big clues the author gives about what is out-of-sorts.

Then we have our two main characters who are great. Dak spouts out random bits of history, so excited to learn anything new. I felt so bad for him when he realized that the history he knew was wrong. Sera is fun too, she is a science whiz and able to figure out problems that adults have trouble doing.

My only question, and hopefully it will be answered later in the series, is what made events go wrong in the past? How did someone know to change things?

Action, adventure and puzzles! 4 stars!


  1. I've only seen the cover of this series so its nice to get some background. Sounds like a winner. The hard part will be trying to find the time to squeeze this into my summer reading. Thanks for featuring.

  2. This is a series I am going to be reading this summer...the TBR is kinda big but I am going to read my eyes out!

  3. Finding time to squeeze in reading is hard, but when I find that right book, it is all I can think about.

  4. This one sounds perfect for my grandson for summer reading. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. I won an autographed copy of this book when it was launched. I enjoyed the story and have read book two as well. You've prompted be to get onto book 3. 😃👍