11 June 2012
A Mutiny in Time; James Dashner
A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I think this needed to be longer - the amount of time setting up the conceit of a world on the brink of a Cataclysm, run by the SQ and bearing a resemblance to our world but missing in many ways detracted from the first of Dak and Sera's missions, to stop the mutiny aboard Christopher Colombus' ship.
Dashner knows how to make a story interesting, and the world in which Dak and Sera live was very real (ok, I did have some concerns about the misuse of "quantum" but that's just me. I know the rest of the world misuses it all that time), as did the mission of the Hystorians to thwart the SQ. More time setting the scene in Italy would have been nice, however, and the battle felt rushed. It was also a little unclear what a Remenant was, as it appeared to be slightly different for Sera and Brint.
As with The 39 Clues, Scholastic is planning a huge website/on-line companion for this series. While I know you can get through the series without going on-line, it's a little concerning that there is this push - many students don't have access to computers outside school, and many schools may block the site as a game.
ARC provided by publisher.