Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review: A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)Title:A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Source/Format: Won, Paperback Omnibus
More Details: Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher/Publication Date: Square Fish, July 1978

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

When fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace Murry shouts out an ancient rune meant to ward off the dark in desperation, a radiant creature appears. It is Gaudior, unicorn and time traveler. Charles Wallace and Gaudior must travel into the past on the winds of time to try to find a Might-Have-Been - a moment in the past when the entire course of events leading to the present can be changed, and the future of Earth - this small, swiftly tilting planet - saved.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet is the third book in Madeleine L'Engle's classic Time Quintet...
If there’s one thing I always enjoy about the Murry family’s adventures, it’s the fact that science is blended perfectly with fantasy to create a consistently enjoyable story. And a Swiftly Tilting Planet, the third book of the Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle, is done in much of the same way. This book opens with the Murry family reunited on Thanksgiving—with the addition of Meg’s mother-in-law Mrs. O’Keefe—practically on the eve of an impending disaster. The simple call added a touch of tension early on in the story, and from there the plot took off. This time, it was Charles Wallace who was mostly on his own as he attempted to find a solution to the problem, with the occasional help from Meg. The adventure was just as dangerous, but ultimately the story was easy to get into. The setting, as always, was interesting. It began at the Murry’s house again, but quickly shifted focus as the story took its course, spanning across several When’s scattered across time. So in that aspect the concept of time travel was handled really well. Overall I really enjoyed A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and eventually I want to get the rest of this series to see how it all ends.

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