Thursday, March 18, 2010

Amaranthine Review: A Wrinkle in Time

Everyone in town thinks Meg is volatile and dull-witted and that her younger brother Charles Wallace is dumb. People are also saying that their father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time.

Young people who have trouble finding their place in the world will connect with the "misfit" characters in this provocative story. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep into their characters to find answers.

A classic since 1962, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil. 

[from Goodreads]

Rating:  4.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Kids who don't fit in, sci-fi fans
High point: Meg and Charles Wallace
Low point: Some of the fantasy/sci-fi parts are a little confusing
Reader maturity:  10+
Favorite quotes:  "...A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points..."
"But you see, Meg, just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist."

A Wrinkle in Time is amazing. It was probably my first foray into science fiction, and I absolutely loved it!

Meg has a hard time fitting in at school. She's smart, which makes her different, and different usually isn't rewarded in grade school. Her younger brother is a genius (even though everyone thinks he's dumb), and her father's been missing for a while. Oh, and her brother found some witches that he wants her to meet.

This story is so much fun! Some weird and amazing stuff happens to Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin on their journey, but the new worlds and experiences are like dreamscapes, gorgeous and inviting. There's a world where everyone acts in time to the rhythm of It, and the descriptions make it so real, it's like being there firsthand. So many strange characters come into play in the molding of the three children, encouraging them to make their own choices and grow into the adults they need to be, while still being there to catch them if they fall.

Meg is a typical young teenager with an atypical younger brother, and they have the neatest relationship, very loving and accepting. Meg's problems differ from most in that she's dealing with tesseracts and fantasy worlds, but most readers can relate to being the misfit for one reason or another. Calvin is a great addition; he's strong and capable but he's got his own baggage to sort out.

A Wrinkle in Time is a great introduction to the Time Quartet and probably the lightest as far as the emotional journey and science fiction elements are concerned. I highly recommend this to young readers and anyone who's never picked it up before.

Title:  A Wrinkle in Time
Author:  Madeleine L'Engle
Genre:  Children's Fiction and Literature
Year:  1962
Book Source:  Purchased


  1. I think I read this as well as the next book in the series last year. I still plan on finishing the entire series. I am glad you liked it! :)

  2. Hello! I'm here from the book blog hop and am a new follower!

    Cool, I've never heard of this book before. I normally don't go for science fiction but this one seems really interesting. I'll have to check it out!

    from Une Parole

  3. I've always wanted to read this book! Time travel is such a cool concept :o