A Mutiny in Time

(2012)
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The first book of the Infinity Ring

This book is the first of a seven book series written by various authors about time travel.  Every book in the series will portray some type of historical location and some major break in history’s time line.  History as we know it has been altered by an organization called SQ. It is up to our newly appointed Historians Dak, Sera and Riq to set the past right and restore the rifts made in time.

The main characters, fifth graders, Dak Smyth and Sera Froste, and a young historian, Riq, live in an alternate America, consisting of 48 states, with the capital in Philadelphia, and ruled by the mysterious evil power known as SQ.  These three heroes are sent back in time to fix one of the great breaks in history.  The Hystorians was a secret society set up by Aristotle after the assassination of Alexander.  This secret organization was to assist travelers from the future in fixing history’s Great Breaks and to fight against the SQ who want to stop the “good guys” from accomplishing their mission.  Dak’s parents were working secretly on a time travel device, known as the Infinity Ring, in order to help correct the disasters that were destroying the world.  When testing the device, Dak’s parents disappear.  Thus Dak, Sera, and Riq are sent to Spain to prevent a mutiny against Christopher Columbus aboard the Santa Maria and to make sure the right person gets credit for discovering America.  At the same time they must try to find Dak’s parents who are lost in time.

The characters are likeable and knowledgeable.  Additional characters that give some depth to the story include Christopher Columbus; the Amancio brothers – Salvador and Raul; Gloria; Eyeball; and Brint and Mari – leaders of the Hystorians.  The story has just the right mix of history, science, intrigue, and thrill to keep the reader interested. The story is action-packed and fast-paced.

Besides being a great introduction to different periods in history, A Mutiny in Time is a good introduction to the topic of time travel.  It will provide children with the opportunity to ask good questions about the nature of time: Can you really change history?  Is it possible to change time so much that you cease to exist?  What happens to the changes you made if you are never born?  If you had lived all your life remembering history a certain way, only to learn that it had been tampered with, how would you know what was supposed to happen and what needed to be fixed?

This series is similar to the 39 Clues series and will appeal to the same audience.  Cliff-hangers at the end of the book lead into the next book.  The second book of the series, Divide and Conquer, takes our heroes on a quest to stop a Viking invasion.

Fantasy lovers will enjoy this book and will want to read the other books in the series.  I would recommend this series for children in grades 4 through 6th.

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