Title: A Wrinkle in Time (The Time Quartet Book 1) by Madeline L’Engle
Genre: Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: 3.75 Stars
I remember there being a lot of hype surrounding this book around the adaption came out years ago so I don’t know why it has taken me so long to pick it up but I finally am. The opening of A Wrinkle in Time introduces to Meg and the rest of the Murray family including the twins, Sandy and Dennys, Charles Wallace and their mother. Their father seems to be away for a long time to the point where Meg as the oldest believes he is either not coming back or he is dead. There is also something strange about the family and this becomes apparent when we meet Charles Wallace for the first time. Despite his young age he seems to be highly intelligent like his parents and almost has the ability to read the minds of others. During a bad storm the family except for the twins meet an elderly neighbour who was out in the storm and before she leaves their home she mentions to their mother that the tesseract does exist and their mother is shocked by this although they don’t understand what this means yet.
As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel, we learn more about the unique abilities of the Murray family which were interesting but Meg does seem to be the odd one out excelling only in math and failing in everything else. Thanks to Charles Wallace they are introduced to three old ladies who are planning something with him involving their father and they end up getting introduced to Calvin who also has a unique ability. Calvin and Meg get along really well and the same night they meet properly for the first time is when the old ladies appear and tell them it’s time. While Charles Wallace doesn’t have all the information he knows it is to do with their father and why his letters stopped over a year ago. One of the old ladies isn’t entirely corporal which make me think this involves time travel or alternate dimensions similar to how the dimensions work in the Marvel universe only this came decades before those movies.
As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel, the old ladies seem like witches but they aren’t especially when they take the children through time and space to another world. Here they show them some of the wonders and dangers they are going to face in order to rescue their father. One of these dangers can only be sent as an ominous black shape in the sky but the children fear it even without knowing what it is and Meg seems to know that her father had been fighting it and that duty might fall to them. Despite this they seem to be accepting their new situation pretty well although Meg did freak out a little in the beginning. Now that the action had started to kick off I can’t wait to see what is going to happen and how each other the children and their abilities is going to factor into this.
As we approach the halfway mark in the novel, the three women reveal more of their powers and explain the state of things to the children but they don’t really understand it except for Charles Wallace who has been around them longer. They end up in another place and they are promised that their father is here but the women can’t stay with them. They end leaving some possessions and advice into the hands of the children but I have a feeling they are going to find themselves in danger soon especially if the shadowy being knows what they are getting up to. I really liked the concept that certain being like the shadow and the three women live mostly praise the reasons of space and time allowing them another layer of perception that many simply can’t access.
As we cross into the second half of the novel, the trio end up meeting the red eyed man who is the dark shape controlling the man. He tries repeatedly to get inside of their heads especially Charles Wallace’s since he is the most unique of the three. For a while they all resist but Charles Wallace does get taken over and brainwashed but IT which is heart breaking since he was the youngest and most vulnerable to IT. Meg and Calvin know they can’t leave Charles Wallace behind but he is under the control of IT is taking them to their father and he might have some of the answers they need and some knowledge of how to break IT’S control over Charles.
As we approach the ¾ mark in the novel, Calvin and Meg manage to get her father free from his prison and they have no choice but to go and face down IT in the hopes of freeing Charles Wallace from its control. However, it doesn’t go according to plan while they are able to fight IT’s influence for a while all three of them are beginning to slip so Meg’s father tessers then away from IT and Charles Wallace. Meg suffers the most through the traveling and they find themselves back on Uriel where they get help but the question still remains of how they are going to defeat IT and save little Charles Wallace from the darkness he is currently in.
As we cross into the final section of the novel, they rest up and get ready to return for Charles Wallace and it is agreed that the only one that has the power to bring Charles back is Meg. Not because she had gifts or intelligence like Calvin and her father but because out of the three of them she has known Charles the longest. When she returns Meg is scared but she realises she had something that IT doesn’t and uses that to free her brother before they return home to Earth. It is essential to note that the Black Thing wasn’t destroyed in this interaction Meg only freed Charles which leaves openings for the rest of the series. While I didn’t live this book I did enjoy it and I will be checking out the rest of the series in the future.
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