Book Review: A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring #1), by James Dashner


A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring #1), by James Dashner
Scholastic’s next multi-platform mega-event begins here! History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right!

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak’s missing parents while they’re at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!

Age Level: 8 and up
Print Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (August 28, 2012)

My Review:
Combine a love of history and science, mix in some time travel and add a little mutiny to achieve a nicely balanced middle grade adventure novel.  *Results may vary.

A Mutiny in Time is the first book in the Infinity Ring Series.  Each book in the series is written by a different author.  This first installment, while not outstanding, is a very entertaining story that sets up the world of the characters and the quest that carries them through the rest of the books.

Dashner’s writing is engaging and he builds up the plot nicely.  His characters have personality and unusual quirks that make them humorous and lovable.  The rivalry that exists between Dak and Riq comes across as forced in the beginning, but quickly becomes a source of humor and realism.  Unique and interesting characters such as the female butcher and the one eyed sailor, Eyeball are peppered throughout the book.

Once you have read the book, you can go online to play the game that accompanies the story.  Each book unlocks the next section of the game.

History definitely plays a large role in this story, and it is full of random bits and pieces.  Some of it is correct, and some is not.  The kids’ mission is to fix the bits (Breaks as they are called in the book) that are incorrect and set the world on the right course.

Fun, entertaining, and even a little educational, the Infinity Ring series is an adventure that kids will enjoy.

About the Author:

James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    January 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This sounds like a very fun and engaging read. I usually don't like going with time travel books I guess because I think they would be confusing but this sounds worth a try (:

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    January 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Adriana, I don't usually enjoy time travel books either. They just don't click with me. But this one is tempered for kids, so it is much easier to wrap my head around. 🙂 Plus, the adventure part of it is really fun.

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