The Golden Spiral, by Lisa Mangum, is 2nd in the Hourglass Door Trilogy.
Danta is stuck behind the hourglass door of time, and Abby must build a new one to get him back. Time is running out for Dante. But Abby’s present reality keeps changing around her. College acceptances, boyfriends, and even her family have been shifting realities. And only Abby seems to remember. And to make matters worse, the barriers of time are breaking down, threatening chaos. Help is offered to Abby from unlikely allies, but she’s not sure who she can trust.
It’s been over a year since I read the first installment, so it took me a while to remember what was going on and who all the characters were. A summary of what happened before would have been nice. Otherwise, I recommend waiting to read these back-to-back. After a while, the characters and story began to make sense. And I was able to jump back in and got pulled into the story.
Mangum has created a truly unique world where time and reality can be controlled. And the vindictive Zo has a destructive agenda. Suspense and drama build throughout the course of the book to a climactic ending. And a wonderful mystery revolving around Abby’s friend and a former conspirator of Zo’s, kept me drawn in and wondering. Young adult readers will find this a satisfying continuation of a science fiction drama, slowly unfolding. This sequel leaves off in a cliffhanger that will leave readers eager for the third and final installment.
The Golden Spiral releases from Shadow Mountain Books on May 10, 2010.