Monday, November 10, 2014

A Wrinkle of Time

Book: A Wrinkle in Time
Series: A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1
Author: Madeleine L'Engle

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".

Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?-Goodreads

Review: First time reader here-I somehow never found this book as a child. My husband was excited I was reading this as it was his favorite book as a child. My best friend's husband also said this was his favorite book as a child. One of my girlfriends loved this book so much she named her cat after the author. I was expecting to love it-kids going on a time traveling adventure to save her missing father? Count me in, sounds exciting! Sadly, I was not entertained in the least.  Poor world building, unrealistic dialogue and I wasn't a fan of most of the characters. I did love that Meg, our main protagonist is a young teen who loves math. That is awesome and inspirational, especially for young readers. Her 4-year old brother Charles Wallace, who is some sort of genius with psychic abilities to read emotions, creeped me out. He was like a 35 year old man in a little boy's body and as a parent of a 4 and 6 year old, I didn't find him precocious in the least. Meg and Charles Wallace meet up with Calvin, one of Meg's classmates and they become 'insta-friends.' It was too fast and unrealistic especially considering he was borderline offensive to Meg. He had absolutely no role other than holding Meg's hand throughout the adventure. His character could have been eliminated completely without impacting the story in the least. The worlds the kids travel to were poorly developed and the bad guy "IT" wasn't that scary. I think having a physical body would have helped. There were also random Christian themes throughout the book, they could have been woven into the story better.

For those of you who loved this-sorry! Maybe if I read this as a child, I would have loved it.  

Grade: 1.5/5

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