My Goodreads Rating: 3.5 Stars
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
I feel like many people read this as a child and if they did then they loved it and hold it in high regards. I definitely owned this book as a child, but for some reason I never read it. However, reading it now makes me feel like I really missed out! This is the type of book that I think I would have really liked as a kid (not saying I didn’t like it now; I’m just thinking back to childhood).
I loved how unique the concept was and how it made me think of time and space in a very new way. Everything about this story was like nothing I have ever read before and that was very nice.
I also really liked the three main characters, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin. They were all very loveable and I enjoyed reading about their journey. I wish I were part of there trio (but I guess, then it wouldn’t be a trio anymore). Nonetheless, they were all people who I would love to be friends with.
One really big thing that I loved about the book was how much it emphasized Meg’s realization that adults can’t fix everything. I thought it showed this in a really clever way. It made me feel like I came to this realization with Meg because the whole time I was thinking that the older people in the story would know what to do and everything would be ok if they took care of it. Once I realized this wasn’t the case and everyone was in very real danger, I got really worried for all the characters and thought that there was absolutely no way for everything to work out alright. You’ll just have to read the book to see if it did or not.
The reason I didn’t give this book a higher rating was completely a personal reason. I feel like if I had read it as a kid, then I would have felt a little more connected to the story. I don’t want to make it seem like I didn’t love this book, it’s just that I read it pretty quickly and am not quite sure if I got really invested in it. I know that is a little confusing, but that’s just how I felt after finishing it.
The characters Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who were so fun to read. The fact that they couldn’t even describe what they were to humans made me think about how little we probably know about the universe. This was also the case when Meg got to know the creature from a different planet and she couldn’t figure out how to describe sight to something that only feels.
One last thing…. I think there is a movie coming out based on this book and I am really excited to see it after reading the book! I know the book is usually better, but that doesn’t mean the movie adaptations aren’t fun to watch too!