“Like and equal aren’t the same thing at all.” Meg Murry ~ A Wrinkle in Time
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Classic Page Count: 218
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace and their mother had been in the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were startled by the arrival of a most unusual stranger. Meg’s father had been exploring the fifth dimension of travel when he mysteriously vanished. Now, it is time for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But will they be able to fight the evil they will face and the forces of IT?
I’ve had a copy of A Wrinkle in Time in my closet since the movie came out last summer. One of my friend’s parents suggested it to me because they said it was imaginative and had a strong Christian message, they were definitely right about both.
As soon as I started this book I found the plot interesting. It could occasionally be a little odd, with strangers just walking into other people’s houses unannounced, a world inhabited by like one person and three ladies that aren’t exactly people at all but that was part of what made it so imaginative and original. From the start, a lot of the book was traveling through destinations, meeting very strange characters and reading excellent, funny dialogue. The traveling grew a little tiresome for me, but once that was over and the main antagonistic force entered the story it was very worth it.
The strange, evil entity that Meg, her little brother and Calvin had to face was unlike any I’d really seen written about before. I don’t want to describe it too much for spoiler reasons, but it was thrilling as soon as it’s name was first mentioned and it was truly devious.
The characters in this book were awesome! Meg was a very relatable protagonist. She is treated as odd and unwanted by everyone other than her family and although her insecurities rise from this, she always makes sure everyone sees her as a strong young girl, even if she herself doesn’t see it. Calvin was so great too! He ‘s a charming gentleman, funny and witty. I come from a pretty big family and he comes from a family of eleven children so what he described about his family and house made me laugh. He describes his family not being able to pay attention to him because there’s so many people in his house and how he wished his mom would take the time to brush her hair like Meg’s mom and although I came from a pretty awesome big family, I could laugh at some of what he said and sort of relate.
Charles Wallace was my favorite character though! He was the sweetest kid alive. Everyone believed him stupid but in actuality, no one could comprehend how smart he actually was:
“Thinking I’m a moron gives people something to feel smug about,” Charles Wallace said. “Why should I disillusion them?”
All the characters were pretty cool, even the odd ladies, but Charles Wallace and Calvin stood out a lot.
As I mentioned, there was a very strong Christian message of serving the LORD and fighting evil. I haven’t read many books so open about Christianity. Many of the characters refer to themselves as God’s warriors and describe the good that comes to His own. It could be very beautiful. There was this one part where a character bows to one of the other characters and the one being bowed to is very clear, “You must never bow to me.”
There are also praise songs included in a small section and the description of Yeshua (Jesus, I use his Hebrew name)
“And the light shineth in darkness; the darkness comprehends it not.”
The story was exciting and the worlds the writer described were beautiful. I could tell the author, Madeleine, was a very intelligent person based on how she described Einsein’s theories and applied them to her book. I would’ve liked to meet her and I will be reading her next book of The Wrinkle in Time Quintet because she kind of left me on a cliff-hangar.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘seriously?’)
I almost don’t see the point of rating this. This book was very clean, ha ha. There’s holding hands a lot by two kids who seem to like each other and there’s one scene where they kiss. I was a little surprised about this but it was a cute scene.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant cussing’.)
No language whatsoever.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘graphic violence’.)
I wouldn’t say there was really any violence. There’s hypnotizing children and suggesting, “putting to sleep.” I guess I will give it a one though because there’s one part where someone is punched in the gut. *shrug*
Drinking, drugs or smoking: 0-10
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant use’.)
None, zip, nada.
No Homosexuals or Mention