Cover image for Infinity ring. The trap door
Title:
Infinity ring. The trap door
ISBN:
9780545484565

9780545386982
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2013.
Physical Description:
190 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Summary:
"Dak, Sera, and Riq return to the United States and walk right into a deadly trap. The year is 1850 and the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. In these dark days, the Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Railroad from within. Now Dak and Sera are left wondering who to trust...while Riq risks everything to save the life of a young boy."--P. [4] of cover.
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The multi-platform adventure through time continues!

Dak, Sera, and Riq turn their attention to the next of the Great Breaks -- and this one turns out deeply personal for Riq. When the kids travel to

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Author Notes

Lisa McMann was born in Holland, Michigan on February 27, 1968. Her works include the Wake Trilogy, The Unwanteds series, Cryer's Cross, Dead to You, Crash, and the Infinity Ring series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Horn Book Review

Time travelers Dak, Sera, and Riq visit the American South in 1850 to restore the Underground Railroad (Trap), then visit ancient Mexico to save a Mayan codex from destruction (Curse). While Trap treads familiar ground in its exploration of American slavery, Curse, with nuance and sincerity, depicts the less-familiar Spanish eradication of Mayan cultural artifacts. (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Three novels into the series, the Infinity Ring pulls off a shocking twist. This book earns the year's strangest compliment: It doesn't read like a time-travel story. It has all the usual tropes: impossible technology, split-second escapes, glimpses of the future. There's even an inventive variation on the grandfather paradox. But in its best scenes, it reads like a historical novel. Riq, an African-American boy, has traveled back to a time before Emancipation. In the book's most frightening passage, he's standing on an auction block, next to a young woman and her two children. In the moment, it's possible to believe that they really will be sold as slaves. The historical detail is convincing enough that readers may be genuinely afraid, even if they've read dozens of time-travel stories and know how they're supposed to end. Series fans will find all the fight scenes and riddles they've come to expect. (Unfortunately, they'll also find the terrible dialogue. At one point, there's a pun involving the phrase "Riq rolls.") The shifts in tone keep readers on their feet. Anyone who opens the book looking for science fiction will find the elements that make those stories work, but when readers finish this novel, they may think about picking up a history book. (Science fiction. 8-12)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

After visiting myriad places and eras in the first two volumes of this multiplatform, multivolume, multiauthor series, the three tweens Sera, Dak, and Riq find themselves starting this third book in 1850s Maryland. The coadventurers cross the path of the Underground Railroad, which has been taken over by the still mysteriously evil and not-yet-defeated SQ, and quite a bit of suspense ensues, especially considering the very personal elements introduced by Riq's African American heritage. Although the quality of the dialogue continues to decline as the books roll on, the excitement actually builds well here, as does the increasingly satisfying combination of science, history, and fiction. The next title in the series is on its way this summer.--Medlar, Andrew Copyright 2010 Booklist