Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Publication date: August 2012
Length: 4 hrs, 30 min
Source: Audiobook from Library
Series: Infinity Ring, Book 1
When Dak and Sera unintentionally discover the secret to time travel, they are swept up into something much bigger than they imagined. The mysterious Hystorians ask them to join their ranks and help to save history, which has gone completely awry.
Things I Liked:
Definitely this book will appeal to younger kids and tweens. I had too many of my adult sensibilities on when I listened to it, so I got annoyed often, but I can see it appealing to younger readers, with its humor and action. I liked the idea behind the books as well - that these kids travel back in time to fix things that went wrong with history. It's a great way to learn history while enjoying it a good story. I liked Dak and Sera and find their interactions to be entertaining and realistic. The story was fun too - saving Christopher Columbus from a mutiny. I managed to overlook most of the logistical issues with time travel and history and enjoy the book. The narrator, Dion Graham, really played it up for kids too - his voices were pretty fun, if over the top at times.
Things I Didn't Like:
As I mentioned, some things really annoyed the adult in me. The kids acted stupidly, the jokes were just plain silly (which, you know, is how I liked them as a kid...and sometimes even now). I had issues with how on earth the Hystorians would have "figured out" what needed to be fixed in time. How would they really know any different? But, ignoring these things, it was entertaining from beginning to end.
39 Clues series by various authors
Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a little bit during the mutiny
Overall rating: ***
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