I got this book out from the library after seeing a trailer for a movie version coming out in 2018. A lot of people had commented what an amazing book this was and a childhood favourite. As I have never read it before I decided to check it out!
This is a really imaginative and well written sci-fi novel.
The main character is thirteen year old Meg. Meg is different. She struggles to concentrate at school and is singled out for being different and disruptive.
Her father has been missing for a while. A talent scientist, he went away to work on a confidential project. Suddenly his letters stopped arriving.
Her mother is also a talent scientist and she continues to raise her family as best she can. She sees a greatest in Meg that Meg doesn’t see yet. Her younger brothers Sandy and Denny are athletic and seem to fit in. Her youngest brother Charles is child genius who stays in the house. As a result many people in the village think there’s something wrong with him.
One night while having a midnight snack with Charles and her mother there is a knock at the door. It’s Mrs Whatsit, a friend Charles made. Mrs Whatsit makes a reference to a term that is linked to her father, tesseract.
Meg’s curiosity is piqued. Then one day she is called to the house where Mrs Whatsit lives with her sisters Mrs Who and Mrs Which. Together with her brother Charles and new friend Calvin O’Keefe they are transported through the universe to another planet.
Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Which and Mrs Who are supernatural beings who can travel through space by folding it. A wrinkle. Meg’s father was researching how to do this with a tesseract. But there is a darkness in the universe. The personification of evil. IT.
IT has Meg’s father trapped.
In a desperate bid to save her father Charles is taken captive. Meg must discover her own greatness to rescue her brother, her father and get everyone she loves home safely.
This was a really captivating book. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every minute. I wish I had read this as a child!
The story is unique and full of interesting concepts. The characters are immediately loveable, especially Meg. In a relatively short space of time Madeleine L’Engle creates a complex universe full of wonders. I was on the edge of my seat willing Meg on in her journey.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will definitely be checking out the next in the quintet. A must have for the avid young reader!
Get it here: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
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