Enigma Diaries: Forgotten Future by Lynda A Calder,
illustrated by Johanna Lum (Little Steps Publishing) PB RRP $19.95
Reviewed by Anne Hamilton
About halfway through this book, I
realised it was a sequel: Hidden History is the first in this
series. Any time travel book is a complex endeavour when the characters are
moving back and forward between particular zones, but the storyline became even
more difficult to follow with the introduction of characters who have a
backstory in the previous book that wasn’t thoroughly spelled out.
opening is explosive, intriguing and a tiny bit confusing. Time parallelism is
occurring even before it’s made clear it is. No doubt this would have been
obvious to a reader of Hidden History but I didn’t quite pick
it up immediately. The Nephilim appear at Stonehenge during the
summer solstice, ready to subjugate humanity, perhaps even obliterate them with
their god-like powers. News reporters are waiting, alerted by the World Wide
Web that this gathering on Salisbury Plain will be like no other.
the time James bows to the Nephilim, fifteen-year-old Cassandra Reid knows it
is already too late to save the world from the unfolding disaster. Chronos has
sent a time device two hundred years into the future, readying the planet for
the return of the greater Nephilim brood.
accidently winds up in the future herself when she goes to the beach with her
friend Peony. There she has to escape the Nephilim, but also to get back to the
past. Her time-twisting adventures as she meets up with old friends, new
allies—and encounters herself in disguise—take her through to the far future
and back into the past.
the cover suggests a New Adult audience, this book is more suited to avid
Middle Grade readers and the lower end of the YA spectrum.