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A Mutiny in Time

(Infinity Ring #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  6,527 ratings  ·  723 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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Gryferin You should read them in order cause the characters talk about what's happened in previous books :-) …moreYou should read them in order cause the characters talk about what's happened in previous books :-) (less)
Allisyn The book said he and Sera were in 5th grade, so my guess would be 10 or 11 years old.

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May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Katie W
It's going to be a sad day when my kids don't like to have a chapter of a book read to them at night anymore. I think I keep dragging it out because I get to read fun, fantasy, adventure books with them. I don't think I would read them on my own.

That said, this one is a fun book with a time travel element. I love the way a piece of real history is placed in the story and the characters have to work together to "fix" these time breaks--a time when something happens in the past that shouldn't have
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
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
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
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Karen Barber
My son picked this up to read as part of his summer reading challenge, and a stormy day meant plenty of reading time.
Apparently this is part of a series that is linked to some online game. That is certainly one way to get your readers interested, and the travelling through time also ensures some appeal to history buffs.
The book was a pacy adventure, focusing on three friends who discover the key to time travel and end up recruited by a secret society to correct Breaks in history and save the wor
Sarah Hough
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Dak and Sera are best friends. Dak is a self-described history nerd and Sera is very knowledgeable about all things science. They are also only eleven years old. The pair go on a school field trip to the Smithsonian Museum where an earthquake causes a Viking ship to nearly fall on Dak and Sera. Afterwords, Sera experiences a Remnant, the feeling that something should have existed or happened that did not. When Sera goes to share this with Dak, he invites her into his parents lab, where Sera find ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is the first of a seven book series. It is about three kids named Dak, Sera, and Riq who have to go back in time to fix breaks in time with something called an infinity ring. Dak is obsessed with history, Sera loves science, and Riq has learned 16 languages. I really liked this book and the ending made you want to read the next one in the series. I would recommend this book to people who like adventure and fighting.
Trevor Bouma
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked "A Mutiny in Time" because it's about fixing history. The heroes Dak, Sera, and Riq use the Infinity Ring to go back in time so they can fix the past and save the future. In this book, they are saving Christopher Columbus from a mutiny that could change history. As usual, they save the day! I really like the two Infinity Ring books I've read and I can't wait to read them all. ...more
Barbara Brodhead
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a page turner, and totally leads to Book Two.
My only concern is that it has some fighting (with the “bad guys”) in it that might be a little much for children under 14.
Otherwise it’s an exciting read.
Suzanne Maley
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining. Predictable, but I will still listen to the whole series.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Fun story. Will keep going in the series.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrow, audiobook
Entertaining. Predictable, but I will still listen to the whole series.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has an awesome story with great characters. I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Book Whales
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally posted @ Book Whales

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
Emily Elizabeth
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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
Gretchen Fatouros
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
After reading book 2, I suggest only for those who plan to go online between each book. Otherwise, you feel like you're missing out on parts of the story - very disappointing! Thus far, this feels like a step above The Magic Treehouse series, but feel like the history was better researched and better written (though for younger readers). I would only recommend for kids & younger ones. If you enjoy history & time travel, there are a lot of better books available, including "The Missing" by Margar ...more
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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 (
Christine H
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 39 Clues fans
Shelves: ya-lit, mg-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
Cy K.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Infinity ring is about three kids, Dak, Sera, and a teenage historian named Riq, trying to save the world from disaster that is about to come. They figure out the world is coming to an end sooner than they thought. As a result they figure out a way to travel back in time. With the help of Dak's parents they are able to built a hand held time machine called the infinity ring. My favorite character was Sera because she liked science more than history like me and she did of the mechanical things in ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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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 bo
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
WOW! .... This was a great read. I love time-travel books and they are proving to be very popular with readers at the moment (look out vampires and zombies). This is the first book in a new series and I'm totally hooked, and will definately be reading the others. Another great thing that kids will like, is that there is also extra interaction with this series by way of a special website.

The main characters Dak Smyth and Sera Froste, along with new friend Rik, find themselves smack bang in the mi
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc, signed
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.

Dak, Sera and Raq (a tee
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, sci-fi
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
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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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