4 ½ Stars
A Wrinkle In Time is the first book in the Time Quintet Series by Madeleine L’Engle. I wanted to read this book before I watched the movie. I have a vague recollection of having read it as a teenager- but diving in again was like experiencing it all for the very first time.
I really enjoyed this YA fantasy and devoured it in one easy sitting. It is hard to believe that the story was first released in 1962, because there are so many ‘modern’ elements to the story. The science in the story is cutting edge, even by today’s standards. The book has sci-fi elements, action, adventure, good vs evil, mystery, suspense, drama, family, friendship, hope, believing in the impossible, believing in yourself, self-discovery, spirituality, powerful (supernatural) beings, overcoming darkness, and the true power of love.
Meg Murry is a 13-year-old middle-school student who is still coming to terms with her father’s mysterious disappearance. She has been struggling with anger issues, loneliness, the awkward teenage years, her home life, and self-esteem. She and her younger brother Charles-Wallace have a close-knit relationship, and he is the more carefree, hopeful and optimistic one. She can’t seem to see any ‘light’ in her life- whereas Charles sees all the wonders of the world.
Their adventure begins when Charles Wallace invites a quirky stranger into the family home- Mrs. Whatsit, who goes on to claim that the Tesseract, the very thing their father had been working on when he disappeared, is in actual fact, real! This leaves the family pondering the possibility of this theory and the type of space-travel he was trying to prove. And so their adventure begins- with the help of some new, powerful supernatural friends, and one of Meg’s classmates, Calvin- they set off on a journey that will test them and their beliefs. They will need to all work together and keep their wits about them if they are to find their father and ‘save’ the universe.
This was such a fun story to reads- I can’t wait tot see the movie now- to see if it can live up to the book! I will definitely be reading the other four books in the series, too….
*A Wind in the Door (Book #2)
*A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Book #3)
*Many Waters (Book #4)
*An Acceptable Time (Book #5)
I definitely recommend this book to any YA fantasy lovers! There is so much to love about this book, you are sure to enjoy it as much as I did!
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; 1 edition (22 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141354933
- ISBN-13: 978-0141354934
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.8 x 12.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)