Book Review: A Mutiny in Time

Book Review: A Mutiny in TimeA Mutiny in Time by James Dashner
Series: Infinity Ring #1
Published by Scholastic Press on September 28th 2012
Pages: 192

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!

My students are all fans of 39 clues, so I was excited to hear that Scholastic was taking up another project of that ilk. This time, with time traveling! And some great authors like James Dashner on board, I couldn't wait to read this first book.
There's something wonderful about books that feature a boy and girl as best friends embarking on an adventure. Sera is a science geek and Dak is a history geek. Dak's parents have been working in their secret lab on a project that they must hide. It's so secret, the kids aren't allowed to go in. But, Dak finally finds a way to sneak Sera in and she's fixated on their secret science project, a device called the Infinity Ring. And she finds the missing piece to make it work correctly. They program the device with their own DNA and Sera's so no one else can use it. Unfortunately, when Dak's parents decide to try it out, they grab hold of them last minute to go with them. On the way back to the present, his parents get lost in time. 
The Hystorians find out about the Infinity Ring and they are ready to train Dak and Sera about traveling back in history and finding the Greak Breaks when their base is attacked. Together with a young Hystorian, they have to quickly travel to 1492 and try to fix their first Great Break while looking for their parents. Their enemies are everywhere, as well as fellow Hystorians to help them along the way. The plot swept me away and had enough explanation and action to keep the book moving. I love that Dak and Sera are geeks and I cannot wait to see how that helps them as they travel through time.
Final Verdict: A must-read for fans of 39 clues and other adventures stories.

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