I picked up this book at BEA knowing nothing about it, other than it was written by James Dashner (The Maze Runner Series). I'm glad I did.
Best-friends, Dak and Sera are both brilliant. Dak is a history buff and Sera knows more about science than most college professors. They live in a world similar to ours, but overseen by an organization known as SQ, whom everyone appears to fear. So yes, there are dystopian themes.
Sera helps Dak's parents complete a time machine known as he Infinity Ring, a project that has kept them on the radar of the Hystorians. This group had existed for centuries to fight the SQ and prepare to fix the time rifts that have allowed the SQ so much power. Dak and Sera are instantly initiated and sent back in time to fix the Great Breaks starting in Spain, 1492.
This fast paced middle grade novel is headed along the path of the 39 Clues series--rapidly printed action adventure books written in turn by different authors. The Infinity Ring series has a great line up of authors including, Carrie Ryan, Lisa McMann, Matt de la Pena, Matthew Kirby, and Jennifer Nielsen. All seven books a scheduled to be published by March of 2014.
I'm excited for the rest of the books in this series. It has a lot of Pontiac, and I love anything where the main character is a super history book. The plot is engaging and this will be a perfect fit for rapid and avid readers alike.