Before you say it, yes, I’m aware Madeleine L’Engle’s series is actually a quartet. But as you can see from the photo of the cover, my copy calls it a trilogy, because it’s the three about Meg and Charles Wallace. No, it’s unlikely I’ll ever read the fourth book. I’m not quite sure why I even read these three.
A Wrinkle in Time introduces us to Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, three young kids who get quickly sucked into a supernatural, inter-galactic struggle against an overwhelming power of darkness. In hunting for Meg and Charles Wallace’s father, the kids end up on a planet controlled by one large brain, whose purpose is to make everyone the same. Only by embracing themselves can they escape and prevent the sameness from reaching their own world.
In A Wind in the Door, Meg and Calvin embark on another journey, this time to save Charles Wallace, who is getting more and more sick with each passing day. This time, their task is to show the small particles that make up the world that is Charles Wallace that sacrifice for the greater good can be for your own good, too.
Finally, in A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Charles Wallace sets out with a unicorn and a mind connection with Meg to uncover the lost history behind the South American leader promising nuclear war. Only by understanding who he could be, and what made him who he is, do they have any hope of saving the world.
Obviously these are children’s stories, but despite the acclaim they’ve received lately (and not so lately), I found I didn’t really enjoy them. I intended to watch the movie and do a bit of a book-to-screen comparison, but I found that after reading the book, I didn’t want to watch the movie, too.
Most of the time, the stories felt like a lot was going on, but nothing happened. Which I realize doesn’t make sense. The books were all about the fight between good and evil, but I can’t help but think it’s maybe lost a little on the audience. The most engaged I was in the series was in the third book, when Charles Wallace was Within. I could have read a whole series on those different people.
Maybe I’m just past the age where it’s enjoyable. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mindset to enjoy it. Whatever the case, the series isn’t high on my list of recommendations.