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Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in Time Hardcover – August 28, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
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Gr 4-6-In an alternate reality, fifth-graders Dak Smyth and Sera Froste discover a time-travel device invented by Dak's parents called the Infinity Ring. After a test run leaves his parents lost in time, the friends learn of a secret group called the Hystorians who claims that there are breaks in the past that have caused history to go off course. They plan to use the Infinity Ring to fix those breaks and, as Dak and Sera are the only ones able to use it thanks to a DNA-lock implemented by Dak's parents, the kids are enlisted to help. Events necessitate a rushed departure from the present when the SQ, a mysterious organization that seems to run the world, attacks the Hystorians's headquarters. Dak and Sera disappear into the past, joined by Riq, a teenager with a talent for languages to complement Sera's scientific expertise and Dak's historical knowledge. They are charged with fixing the Great Breaks in time to save the future from a Cataclysm of natural disasters. This is the first title in a multiplatform series patterned after "The 39 Clues" series (Scholastic). It includes a code to unlock an online game or mobile app. Action drives the narrative, leaving little time to develop characters and relationships. Events happen very quickly and there are missed opportunities to probe more thoroughly ethical questions raised by Dak and Sera about changing history, as well as which events to change. Still, the brisk action and interactive component will likely attract readers, particularly those who devoured "The 39 Clues" titles.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Praise for Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in Time

"Tight plotting, snappy dialogue . . . the story moves at a breathless pace." -Rick Riordan, The New York Times

"Scholastic's 'Infinity Ring' is a multimedia ride through history." -The Los Angeles Times

"[Scholastic has] cracked the code for transmedia success - and they're poised to do it again." -Digital Book World

"The brisk action and interactive component will likely attract readers, particularly those who devoured 'The 39 Clues' titles." -School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Infinity Ring (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Book One edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545386969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545386968
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sheila A. Dechantal on August 30, 2012
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Dak Smyth leads a pretty boring, he actually prefers to spend most of his time in the past, digging through history books and spouting out facts much to his parents embarrassment and his classmates delight to ridicule him. His best friend Sera Frosts however gets him... in fact, if someone to ask Dak, he would tell you that she is an even bigger nerd than he is.

When Sera finds the final piece to Dak's parents secret attempt at creating a time machine called the Infinity Ring, Daks life gets a whole lot more interesting. After all, how much cooler is it to go back and experience history first hand then read about it hundreds of years later? When Dak and Sera go back in time with Dak's parents things go terribly wrong... for one thing, when they return Dak and Sera are alone, somehow Dak's parents are lost in time. And when Dak and Sera are taken away by people who want and need what the Infinity Ring can do... things go from bad to worse.

Now Dak and Sera, and a Historian named Riq are on a mission to go back in time and not only fix what is called a "break" in time, but hopefully find Dak's parents along the way. First stop... Spain, 1492.... and a meeting with Christopher Columbus!

Infinity Ring is a middle grade style read. In the beginning it gave me memories of Narnia, kids traveling to another world, in this case, another time. Yet Infinity Ring is going to speak to todays young teens. The book is fun and moves quickly and holds your attention. Within the book the main characters (all in their teens) solve word and picture puzzles to know what they are supposed to do. I found this highly engaging as I love puzzles and wanted to figure out the clues right along with them!
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This is a great start to what promises to be an AWESOME new children's book series by Scholastic! The book is attention grabbing and action-packed, and I enjoyed the book as an adult.

What I really loved about the book was the "extras" such as the secret flap containing a map/guide for the NEXT book in the series, as well as the online component.

My 11 year old daughter enjoyed the book very much as well, and we are both looking forward to reading the next book.
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James Dashner is one of the main reasons why I really enjoy reading. The fact that he can take a kid's book and make it entertaining for a 16 year old high school guy is quite an accomplishment in my book. Based in a darker version of America, Infinity Ring starts off with best friends Dak and Sera who live in a world filled with problems. First there are the environmental problems with the likes of earthquakes, volcanoes, and other global catastrophes. Then there's the mysterious SQ corporation that seems to own just about everything including the world governments. All of these things are just normal everyday happenings for Dax. Now Dax has very special parents who are scientists and one day Dax and Sera sneak into their lab to discover a time machine. This sends them on an historical journey filled with excitement. In Infinity Ring James Dashner does a great job of simply telling a story. Meant for a younger age group, the book doesn't have any deep or intellectual moments, but reads like it's supposed to read, which is funny and entertaining. Definitely a book to give to a young kid who is looking for a new and very entertaining series to read. - Joshua
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A Mutiny in Time is a story about 3 kids who travel back in time to fix history before the world ends. I liked the twist in this story that unlike traditional time-travel stories, they are supposed to change things. The historic details that aren't accurate amused me. I think a lot of kids would be clever enough to know whose faces should really be on Mount Rushmore. It would have been fun to see and learn more history (I mean besides the random facts that came out of Dak). The characters and their quirks made me chuckle. One thing I didn't get was why the villain wanted to destroy the world?? Her motivations weren't really clear to me, but I'm hoping that we'll find out more about the bad guys (aka the SQ) and their motivations later on in the series. Wanting power for power's sake does not make interesting villains. Other than that, the author did a good job with playing with your expectations a little with a nice action-filled plot. The story was a lot of fun, adventurous, and didn't feel predictable.

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One of the really fun things about this book is the online game component. The book comes with a map that has clues to help with the game. It also had a lot of cool facts from history presented in a nice way. The game was simple, fun, and full of puzzles and mini-missions. I did find the wagon mini-mission to be very finnicky and a little tedious, but I enjoyed the game overall and played it over a few days. Just FYI - the game is an app as well as on the Internet, but they don't sync up. Meaning however far you get on one doesn't transfer over to the other. But otherwise the game is exactly the same whether you play it on your phone or the internet.
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