Book Review: A Wrinkle In Time
by Moises A. Hernandez, age 16
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle, follows the story of a high-school-aged girl named Meg Murry. Along with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe, she travels through time and space on a mission to reunite her family. Together, they visit different planets and meet odd characters who help them accomplish their goal.
Meg, who is troubled by her personal insecurities and concerns over her missing father, embarks on a journey with Charles and Calvin using the tesseract—a “wrinkle” in space and time—to travel through the fifth dimension to find her father. There, they meet a group of magical, spirit-like beings called the three Mrs. W’s: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. They tell the three children about the Dark Thing, a great evil threatening the planets of the universe.
The children are transported to Camazotz by the three Mrs. W’s, who advise them to stay together at all times. Camazotz, where Meg’s father is imprisoned, is a planet that surrendered to the Dark Thing and conforms to the rhythmic pulsation of a disembodied brain called IT. Charles tries to fight IT, but is overpowered and becomes under the control of evil.
Through the tesseract, Meg and Calvin leave Charles behind and travel to Planet Ixchel where they once again encounter the three Mrs. W’s. Here, Mrs. Which tells Meg that she possesses a powerful weapon that can be used against IT. In order to reunite her whole family, Meg must discover by herself what the weapon is.
As a middle school student, this was a very compelling book to read. The story was gripping, and the wonder of what would happen next made it quite the page turner. I recommend this book to middle schoolers who want to read a story that is an adventure from start to finish. I also recommend this book to people of any age who like science fiction. Overall, A Wrinkle in Time is a very enjoyable read.