The first title, Book 1: A Mutiny in Time, will be written by James Dashner (author of the Delacorte-published Maze Runner trilogy) and is scheduled for September 2012. Scholastic is planning for seven books in the series with different authors on board for each title: Carrie Ryan will pen book two; Lisa McMann has been tapped for book three; Matt de la Peña for book four; Matthew J. Kirby for book five; and Jennifer A. Nielsen for book six. Dashner will also close the series, with his book seven slated for March 2014.
The series follows a pair of best friends—Dak and Sera—who discover a key that allows them to time travel and, per Scholastic, then embroils them "in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind." The books will retail for $12.99 and each will come with a map called a Hystorian's Guide—the name refers to a secret society referenced in the series—that will link to an online game readers can play.
The ancillary game with the series, a Scholastic rep said, will not sell anything, but it will be a "fully realized virtual world" where readers can can interact with characters as well as explore historical themes touched upon in the novels, all in game format.