The Infinity Ring Book 1 – A Mutiny in Time By James Dashner AND Give-Away!

13 Aug

I am so excited to tell you about a new series from Scholastic called “The Infinity Ring” series! It is a dystopian adventure where history is all wrong, and the main characters have to go back in time to fix it.

The Infinity Ring Book 1 – A Mutiny in Time
By James Dashner
192 Pages – Ages 9+
Published by Scholastic Inc. on August 28, 2012
(Advanced Reading Copy read and reviewed)

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 leaders tells Riq, a juvenile Historian agent, to go with Dak and Sera on their adventures. The kids go to Spain, 1492, where the Amancio brothers were about to set sail to find the quickest route to India but find America instead (according to the history they know). The kids arrive just in time to stop a mutiny aboard the ship. It turns out that the Amancio brothers were trying to overthrow some guy named Columbus (who was kind of a mean guy) and take over his three ships (you can guess what the ships are named 😉 ). Will the kids save history?  

This is an AWESOME first book to the new series! Like The 39 Clues series, each of the books in this series is written by a different author but the new series is very different from The 39 Clues. The Infinity Ring is set in a dystopian world where the main characters (three kids) have to travel in time to fix whatever is wrong with history. I LOVED “A Mutiny in TIme”! Mr. Dashner put a lot of action, adventure, and excitement in he book! I really liked how Mr. Dashner wrote a lot of humor and sarcasm in the dialogue of the characters. The main characters are Riq, Dak and Sera. Riq was just cool. He was fluent in 16 languages (which is cool). Dak is the “history” expert, which I think will come in handy. Sera is pretty scientific. I like scientists. 😉 I like the format of the series (much like The 39 Clues) where a different author writes each book. I think it’s cool to read how each author changes he story a little.  I also like how these stories involve time-travel and history. I recommend this book to kids 9+ and young advanced readers.

I give this very exciting book 5+ out of 5 bookworms!

Check out the website for the series HERE. So far, you can only read an excerpt from book 1, but the website will be functional when the book comes out on August 28th! I can’t wait to check it out! I know you can get cards and do missions. I can’t wait to do those too! 🙂 Here is a video you can watch to learn about the book and online game!

Now folks, don’t stop reading yet! ‘Cause I have a great deal for you! I am giving away several copies of signed ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of “The Infinity Ring”! THe AWESOME people at Scholastic are sending me some copies to give away.  All you have to do is comment on this post for a chance to win in a random drawing and I will give away as many copies as they send me! It starts today and the last day to comment is on August 20th! I will pick the winners randomly on August 21st! All you have to do is comment to enter! Don’t forget to put your email address in the part where it asks you for it so I can contact you if you win (emails won’t be published).

47 Responses to “The Infinity Ring Book 1 – A Mutiny in Time By James Dashner AND Give-Away!”

  1. Patricia aka Mamaw August 13, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Kids love book with time travel! Humor and sarcasm is a plus and the the cover will definitely peak their interest in choosing this book to read. Would love to win a copy of this book!



    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 8:27 am #

      You’re in the contest! 🙂 I agree – I love time travel books – especially ones with humor! 🙂


  2. Stephanie Brockway August 13, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    How cool is it that the publisher sent you signed ARCs! You’re heading for the big time, kiddo. 🙂 (And no need to enter me into the drawing, not that I wouldn’t love a copy of the book, but I don’t want to take the chance away from a young and deserving reader…)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 8:34 am #

      Thank you Ms. Brockway! I met a publicist for Scholastic and she was really nice and now she sends me books to read and review. I really appreciate her doing it. This is a great book and probably a great series, and I think you’d like it! 🙂


  3. Angela Brown August 13, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    I heard a lot of great things about The 39 Clues so I’m sure The Infinity Ring series will be just as awesome. Have James Dashner kick things off is certainly awesome!


  4. Kirsten Larson August 13, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Erik, you have such amazing connections in the publishing industry! It’s so cool that Scholastic is giving you ARCs. Maybe you should be an editor or agent?


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      Thank you Ms. Larson! Being an editor or agent would be pretty cool. Especially for an author I really liked. 🙂


  5. swlothian August 13, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Erik, this sounds like. Gret book. I’ll be adding to my to-read list based on your review.
    You know I love time-travel.


  6. Luke August 13, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Man, that’s so cool you’re becoming such a well known blogger that publishing companies and stuff are sending you Advanced Reading copies! This sure looks really interesting too. I’m definitely a fan of time travel and futuristic stories. Keep it up, Erik 🙂


  7. Myra GB August 13, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    What a wonderful giveaway Erik. Scholastic seems to be very generous, that’s lovely! I still am smarting over the fact that they didn’t approve my Netgalley request for their latest Goosebumps title – after all the posts we shared about Goosebumps given my daughter’s fixation. But yeah, enough griping and on to your review which is a wonderful read as always. I haven’t read any James Dashner yet, but this book sure looks like a great way to begin reading him.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      Thank you Ms. Bascal! Scholastic IS generous! I usually don’t ask, but every once in a while I do (like how I just asked for an ARC of the newest 39 Clues book). I also asked for an interview with Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants), but they couldn’t do that. Scholastic has been super kind to me. I was really excited when I read about this new series. I think you and your daughter would like this book! 🙂


  8. Marisa August 13, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Can’t wait to read it.


  9. Lynn A. Davidson August 13, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    You certainly get your hands on fascinating books, Erik, this one included. You are an inspiration to me. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Thank you Ms. Davidson! I think you’d like this book! You are in the contest! 🙂


  10. Renee C. August 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Wow! This book sounds fantastic! I think my daughter would really enjoy this one. Thanks for this awesome giveaway. 😀


  11. Katie S. August 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Thanks for this opportunity! I love finding new middle grade reads and this sounds perfect! Can’t wait to add it to my Goodreads account. 🙂


  12. Jill The O.W.L. (@justkeepreading) August 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I sooooo love James Dashner and very very excited by this series. So glad to hear you enjoyed it.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      I have only read one book by Mr. Dashner – this one. It was great! I should try to find some other books of his! You are in the contest! 🙂


  13. Patricia Tilton August 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Boy are you excited, Erik. Kids love time travel. I love time travel. Sounds like a great read!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      It is great Ms. Tilton! I thnk that this book is good for boys and girls, and adults and kids. This series has a little bit of what every one likes – a girl hero, a boy hero, history, time travel, action, adventure, excitement, sarcasm, humor, and evil governments. 😉


  14. Darlene August 14, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Tis one sounds fabulous! I LOVE time travel. My grandson would like this one too.


  15. Susanna Leonard Hill August 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    This sounds great, Erik! I love the premise for the series!


  16. Michelle Isenhoff August 16, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    I had heard this series was coming out. It looks good. I like time travel, and I enjoyed Mr. Dashner’s Maze series. I’ll keep an eye out for when this one becomes available!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 17, 2012 at 5:51 am #

      I haven’t read any of Mr. Dashner’s other books. I will have to find them now because I liked this one so much! Maybe you will like this series more than the 39 CLues 🙂


  17. Maria Riedel August 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    May this finally be the book that gets my daughter to love reading without it having to be part of her homework!! 🙂


  18. Cheryl Costella August 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    This book sounds really cool!


  19. Reneilda de Leon August 18, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Hello again, Erik! Do you still remember me? 😀
    Since I’m a big fan of The 39 Clues and history, I would definitely read this!

    P.S. I want to ask for your opinion about *WARNING: MAJOR SPOILER* the murders in The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers. Do you think it’s still okay if readers under 12 should read them? I wanna ask this to Scholastic, but I think they might get offended or something. OOH! Shatterproof will be out in a couple of weeks! 😀

    P.P.S. Is it a coincidence that A Mutiny in Time will also happen in Paris, just like in The Maze of Bones? 😉 Oh, and by the way, the website is already functional. I already have an account on the Infinity Ring site, PhoenixWizard39.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      You’re in for the drawing!

      I would’ve liked it better if there were no murders, but I thought they weren’t graphic/gory and more mystery-like so I thought it was OK for younger kids.

      I am not so sure about the coincidence, maybe Paris is just a great place for an action-adventure story? Now, I have to go set up an account on the Infinity Ring site! 😉


  20. Kimberly August 27, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    I keep missing the news about Dashner’s new releases! I didn’t eve know that he had a prequel out to the Maze Runner until the other day when I was in Barnes and Noble. This book sounds awesome–I’ve been craving some time travel. Great review! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      Thanks! I haven’t read any of Mr. Dashner’s other books, but everyone says they’re good! I’ll have to try them! 🙂 Please come again!


  21. Anonymous October 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    i loved youre book


  22. Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    this book is awesome


  23. Janet stafford March 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Always looking for fun interesting books for middle school students. Series are gret they help sequence and short/long term memory! Would love to help you out when I could I teach reading for those with special needs.


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