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A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,268 ratings  ·  480 reviews
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 sec
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Scholastic Inc. (first published August 1st 2012)
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When I saw on my IRA schedule that I was speaking at an event with James Dashner, I requested an ARC of the first in his INFINITY RING series with Scholastic, expecting a quick, entertaining read. Like THE 39 CLUES, this series has an online video game component. I'm not much of a fan of video games, so I was pleasantly surprised when I fell in love with this book.

It's easy for a packaged series to rely on fast-paced action and the occasional explosion in place of solid plot and character devel
Something is wrong with history! Throughout history, an evil organization called the SQ has be altering it to give themselves more power. But as a result, the world has started to crumble. Natural disasters tear whole cities apart. Enter our heroes Dak and Sera. With Sear’s help Dak’s parents were able to complete a time travel device, the Infinity Ring. However, while testing out the Ring, they were lost in Time. Now team up with the Hystorians, a group of people dedicated to restoring history ...more
Once Upon
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 ...more
Ms. Yingling
In the near future, best friends and geeks Dak and Sera mess around in Dak's parent's labs and manage to get the Infinity Ring, the time travel device his parents have been working on for twenty years, to be operational. They think that the parents will be pleased, but they are terrified that having te device working will put them all in danger. TAfter traveling back to the Revolutionary War with his parents, Dak and Sera get separated from them and discover that there is a group of Hystorians w ...more
The world Dak and Sarah live in is very similar to our world, but there are events in history that are not quite how we remember them to be. Because the historical events in Dak and Sarah's world didn't happen as they should have, people in their work experience "Remnants" or shadows of what should have been.
There is a group of people, the Hystorians, that are keeping track of all the instances in history that didn't occur they way they should have. There is another group of people, the SQ, tha
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I'm a huge fan of James Dashner so it's no surprise that I decided to read A Mutiny In Time, book 1 of the Infinity Ring series. Infinity Ring follows in the footsteps of The 39 Series with the same concept that a different author writes each book in the series. I have read the first two books in The 39 Clues series and I don't really have any interest in continuing that series. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed A Mutiny In Time so much better than The 39 Clues books (
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Dak Smyth and Sera Froste had no idea what would happen to them when Sera fixed Dak’s parent’s invention, the Infinity Ring. The Infinity Ring allows someone to travel back in time with anyone touching them. The Historians (a group of people who try to change the things that went wrong in the past) find out about the Infinity Ring and bring Dak and Sera to their HQ. When the SQ (the evil government controlling the US and maybe other countries) find out, they attack the Historian base. Two of the ...more
My sister forced me to read this, in exchange for her agreeing to read Mistborn. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

I liked how the concept of time travel was handled, and the alternate history gave a genuine sense of being somewhat messed up because the reader already knows what's really supposed to happen--in this case, that Christopher Columbus was the one who sailed the Atlantic and found the New World instead of the "Amancio brothers," or the fact that Alexander the Great was

I have been wanting to read this and while on vacation my niece happened to be reading it so I borrowed it from her and read through it super fast. I swear it was only like a 2 hour read. Honestly I didn't love this book. It starts out with the first 100 pages giving us the introduction about how Dak and Sera end up time traveling with the infinity ring and why. The world is very different then what we know. History has been changed somehow. This really is
Wow! James Dashner wrote a true dystopian book for children and it was great. The book starts out in a world similar to ours, but you quickly learn that a group called the SQ is in control of the government and keeping a watchful eye on everyone. Two best friends get swept up in trying to prevent the SQ from coming into power by going back into time and fixing history. The first place they are send is to Spain to prevent the mutiny and death of Christopher Columbus.

What I loved about the book i
Dak and Sera are best friends, and geniuses in their own right - Dak is a history buff and Sera the science ace. When Dak’s parents go away for vaction, Dak and Sera enter their laboratory where they find the Infinity Ring, a secret project that Dak’s parents were working on. When Sera figures out the missing link and finishes the work on the Infinity Ring, they gain the interest of a secret organization called the Hystorians who needs them to help fix breaks in history.

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Emily (Book Jems)
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3.5/5 Stars!

This book was adorable! Okay, adorable is the wrong word to describe the book, but it fits perfectly for one of the main characters, Dak.

Dak and his best friend, Sera, live in a futuristic society that is basically controlled by a group called the SQ. The two young children are geniuses. Dak is obsessed with history, while Sera loves science. They are so nerdy and adorkable. (You see what I did there?) When they find their way into Dak's parents' lab, t
The story about three kids who travel in-time to fix the history, which was changed by Evil Corporation for their profit. As a result they hope to save the world. The preset world is falling apart from the unnatural wave of disasters and according the secret organization called "historian", all the unnatural amount of disasters earthquake and weather gone crazy is result of the changes done in the past in history that change the course of the present world. Just like a car which should have bein ...more
Jessica Harrison
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There’s a lot happening in “Mutiny in Time” — author James Dashner is setting the stage for a seven-book, multi-author series and the actual story has to get under way. James does an excellent job of both. The premise and story feel like a cohesive whole, creating solid footing for the authors to follow.

Readers instantly get to know Dak and Sera, with their personalities and interesting quirks quickly brought to light. Both are likeable,
Angela Oliver
I was hoping for something on par with the 39 Clues series - which follows a similar strategy (ie: books by different authors, codes and trading cards) and I felt sorely let down by book #1. Indeed, as an opening book, this was particularly weak.

It is very childishly written, with the historical references being decidedly unconvincing, in a manner that indicates this book is intended for either young readers (ie: 7-9) or assumes children are not canny enough to know much about history nor look u
A 39 Clues readalike from Scholastic (including the online component), with pretty much the same strengths and weaknesses.

Here's a concern I have: I love love love that there is racial diversity, but ... how are they going to make this work in a time travel book, without getting too heavy? I mean, there are some historical periods where things aren't going to be easy if you're a black teenage boy. For that matter, there are periods where things aren't going to be easy if you're a Latina girl. I
Christine H
Nov 13, 2012 Christine H rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 39 Clues fans
Shelves: kid-lit, young-lit
A Mutiny in Time is the debut novel in a new multi-authored series about three kids who must fix the breaks in time. Reminiscent of The 39 Clues series, Infinity Ring is a great way to entice reluctant readers to give books a whirl by inserting them into a world that's not quite right. Readers will join Dak, Sera, and Riq as they travel back in time on a mission by the secret society known as the Hystorians. With quirky banter and witty one-liners, readers will find themselves flipping through p ...more
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So here is another series coming from Scholastic after 39 Clues. It is somewhat similar to the 39 Clues franchise with its format and stuff and also the physical book is the same size and pages. But now the element about this is Time Travel. I think someone in the Scholastic headquarters had been watching too much Doctor Who and decided "We should do a book series about Time Travel using children as our main character. And asides from Time Travel as the main point
Kim McGee
James Dashner has jumped on the serial multimedia books for kids as Rick Riordan did with The 39 Clues with clue cards and a terrific web site. I am happy to see that this series doesn't involve as much violence and family pitted against one another but it does have that same wonderful sense of being involved in history and solving a mystery. Sera and Dak are best friends and brilliant so it is no surprise to anyone that they would be recruited to join the Hystorians to go back in time and make ...more
I think this needed to be longer - the amount of time setting up the conceit of a world on the brink of a Cataclysm, run by the SQ and bearing a resemblance to our world but missing in many ways detracted from the first of Dak and Sera's missions, to stop the mutiny aboard Christopher Colombus' ship.

Dashner knows how to make a story interesting, and the world in which Dak and Sera live was very real (ok, I did have some concerns about the misuse of "quantum" but that's just me. I know the rest
Jill Stark

I did not realize that this series of books were written in the style of the "39 Clues" books. I liked A Mutiny in Time, and plan to continue reading the series, but wonder if using different authors for each book will keep the continuity of the story line flowing. I also wonder if they will make sure that the memory or happenings in each book will be a shared memory in future books.
Elvina Barclay
What a great new series from James Dashner (author of The Maze Runner trilogy).
Best friends Dak and Sera, break into the research lab of Dak's parents to see what "secret" project they have been working on. Sera, a science genius, takes the project, known as the Infinity Ring, and makes it work. The Infinity Ring, in essence, is a time machine.
When testing the Infinity Ring, Dak's parents disappear and Dak and Sera are recruited by The Hystorians,a group of people who's goal is to fix Breaks in
Darlene Foster
I love anything to do with time travel so when I won a copy of this book from thiskidreviewsbooks, I was very excited. Like Dak Smyth, one of the main characters in the book, I enjoy history. But unlike Sera, his best friend, I'm not very interested in science. So sometimes the scientific details bored me. But for any kid that loves science and/or history this is a great book. There is plenty of action and interesting characters, like "Eyeball". I felt the friendship between Dak and Sera was wel ...more
Carmelina Morales
This is a great book, involving history and time travel. Dak never knows what his parents have in the secret room. But when his bestfriend convinces him to steal the key and go into the room, they find something unfinished, & something they never expected. They get to a point when they're trapped and being followed. And have to find their way to their parents through history.
Review of an advance copy:

I was on a plane to Chicago and pulled this book out to read. It seemed a bit familiar, so I started skimming to see how far I might have previously read. And then I remembered I had already read the entire book on a flight back from Phoenix. It is kind of sad that I didn't even recall reading it. Perhaps the book is not intensely memorable?! It has some good moments nearer the end, but the beginning is not super exciting. However, the premise reminds me quite a bit of

It's OK. The main reason it's not five stars is because the ending lacked detail. I kind of get the feeling Dashner either wanted to get the book over with, or Scholastic has a limit of pages for new series, like I've heard that 15 minutes is the video limit on YouTube for newcomers. Now for positives. The book did end on quite a cliffhanger, and I hope the next book, Divide and Conquer, has the situation resolved. However, the coming of the new series means the end of another. I'm sure many Sc
Sharon Looby
Many reasons to read this book and all the others that will be in the series. If you love historical fiction, if you love time travel books, if you love computer games that tie in with books, if you love mystery.... Dak and Sera are recruited by historians that are charged with making sure that history happens as it should. With the help of the Infinity Ring and Riq- an Historian in training, they are transported back to the year of 1492 to prevent a mutiny against Christopher Columbus. These bo ...more
When best friends Dak and Sera find an odd devise in Dak's parent's lab, they try to figure out what it is...a time traveling device. I liked this book because I found it intriguing because I don't remember reading a time traveling book. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy and/or action and adventure books.
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Η Scholastic έχει μια φόρμουλα που δουλεύει εξαιρετικά στις ηλικίες στις οποίες απευθύνεται και δεν μου κάνει καμία εντύπωση που την ακολουθεί πιστά. Και καλά κάνει... το βιβλίο είναι απολαυστικό, είναι σίγουρο πως οι fans των "39 Στοιχείων" θα το λατρέψουν και αν και έχει ομοιότητες, δεν παύει να έχει την δικιά του ταυτότητα. Επιπλέον, ως σειρά, φέρει υπογραφές συγγραφέων που είναι γνωστοί και αγαπητοί σε μας και που αν δεν μπουν ακόμα και οι ενήλικες στον πειρασμό να τα διαβάσουν, σίγουρα θα τ ...more
Kelly Hager
This is such an incredibly fun book! I loved Sera (and Dak...and tolerated Riq). And I love the idea behind it that there are all these Breaks in history because the wrong thing happened. (The big example in this book, of course, is that the Amancio brothers discovered America after overthrowing Columbus.)

It's definitely fun to think about the potentials of an alternate history. What if Kennedy hadn't been assassinated, for example? Or, in a scarier future, what if Hitler had won World War II?

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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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Infinity Ring (8 books)
  • Divide and Conquer (Infinity Ring #2)
  • The Trap Door (Infinity Ring, #3)
  • Curse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring #4)
  • Cave of Wonders (Infinity Ring, #5)
  • Behind Enemy Lines (Infinity Ring, #6)
  • The Iron Empire (Infinity Ring, #7)
  • Eternity (Infinity Ring, #8)
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