Infinity Ring

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Infinity Ring
A Mutiny in Time
Divide and Conquer
The Trap Door
Curse of the Ancients
Cave of Wonders
Behind Enemy Lines
The Iron Empire
Eternity
Author James Dashner
Carrie Ryan
Lisa McMann
Matt de la Peña
Matthew J. Kirby
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science Fiction, Adventure
Young adult
Publisher Scholastic
Published 2011-Present
Media type Print (hardcover)
No. of books 8
Website Official website

The Infinity Ring is a series of young adult science fiction adventure novels written by multiple authors, including James Dashner, Lisa McMann, Matt de la Peña, Matthew J. Kirby, and Jennifer A. Nielsen, in a similar fashion to The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals. It is focused on the adventures of Dak, Sera, and Riq as they try to fix changes in time through time travel.

Synopsis[edit]

A Mutiny in Time[edit]

A Mutiny in Time is the first book in the series. It was written by James Dashner.

For an unknown reason, a secret society known as the SQ has changed many things about time, so history is dramatically different than ours. Those changes have also caused many problems, including more intense natural disasters and civil unrest. The SQ also manipulates every government's actions. Dak's parents, both scientists, have developed a time machine with financing from the Hystorians, a secret group, founded by Aristotle, which works against the SQ and has been preparing to go back in time to fix the changes. However, their first attempt at time traveling fails, getting them lost in the time stream. Shortly after that, Dak, his friend Sera, and language expert Riq have to go back in time themselves to fix the changes themselves.[1] Their first mission is to prevent a mutiny in 1492 aboard the Santa Maria which would prevent Christopher Columbus from discovering America.[2]

Divide and Conquer[edit]

Divide and Conquer, written by Carrie Ryan, is the second book in the series.

Thousands of Vikings are attacking Paris and have captured Dak.[3]

The Trap Door[edit]

The Trap Door is the third book in the series. It was written by Lisa McMann.[4]

Sera, Dak, and Riq travel to 1850, but are held hostage. Riq is captured and sold as a slave.[5]

Curse of the Ancients[edit]

Curse of the Ancients, written by Matt de la Peña, is the fourth book in the series.[6]

Cave of Wonders[edit]

Cave of Wonders is the fifth book in the series. It was written by Matthew J. Kirby.[7]

Sera, Riq, and Dak have to save the writings of Aristotle before they are destroyed in the Mongol invasion of Baghdad.[8]

Behind Enemy Lines[edit]

Behind Enemy Lines, written by Jennifer A. Nielsen, is the sixth book in the series.[9]

Sera, Dak, and Riq travel to 1943 and decide to spy on both Allied and Axis troops to try to tip the balance of the war in the Allies' favor.[10]

The Iron Empire[edit]

The Iron Empire is the seventh book in the series. It was originally planned to be the final book,[1] but the Hystorian’s Guide that came with the book included a notice about the eighth book, Eternity.[11] The Iron Empire was also written by James Dashner.[12]

Finally, Dak, Sera, and Riq go back to the time of the first break in history: the assassination of Alexander the Great and Philip II of Macedon. While they think they have three weeks to fix it, the SQ has made sure that they don't.[11]

Eternity[edit]

Eternity, by Matt de la Peña, is the eighth and final book in the series.[13]

Reception[edit]

The first book, A Mutiny in Time, received a favorable review from Rick Riordan in the New York Times, who praised its "tight plotting, snappy dialogue and...judicious balance of humor and suspense."[1] io9 expressed excitement and hope that the series would cause more middle school aged kids to become interested in science fiction.[14]

Supplementary works[edit]

Similar to what the 39 Clues series did with Rapid Fire, the Infinity Ring series released seven short ebooks, called Infinity Ring: Secrets. The titles of the stories are:

  • Shipwrecked
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • On Thin Ice
  • Blood and Ink
  • Entombed
  • Up In Flames
  • Unchained[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Riordan, Rick (23 August 2012). "Save the Date". New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Sorensen, Marilou (25 August 2012). "Utah author writes beginning of new time travel series". The Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Book 2: Divide and Conquer". Scholastic. 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Book 3: The Trap Door". Scholastic. 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Sorensen, Marilou (23 March 2013). "Third in Infinity Ring series travels in time to the Civil War". The Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Book 4: Curse of the Ancients". Scholastic. 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Book 5: Cave of Wonders". Scholastic. 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Sorensen, Marilou (24 August 2013). "Book review: Young trio must outwit the Mongol Khan in Infinity Ring's 'Cave of Wonders'". The Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Book 6: Behind Enemy Lines". Scholastic. 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Sorensen, Marilou (16 November 2013). "Book review: 6th in Infinity Ring series takes readers to World War II". The Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Sorensen, Marilou (1 March 2014). "Book review: Dashner's 'The Iron Empire' is 7th and last in the Infinity Ring series — or is it?". The Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Book 7: The Iron Empire". Scholastic. 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Book 8: Eternity". Scholastic. 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Dobbs, Michael Ann (25 August 2012). "Infinity Ring: A New Time Travel Series from Scholastic". io9. Gawker Media. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Infinity Ring Secrets". Scholastic. 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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