Review: A Swiftly Tilting Planet

A Swiftly Tilting Planet
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s Thanksgiving and Meg Murry O’Keefe is back in the folds of her family for a celebration dinner when the president called with news of impending nuclear war. Mrs O’Keefe, Meg’s mother-in-law, was present (surprising them all with her acceptance of dinner invitation) and laid a charge on Charles Wallace to stop the end of the world. Therein, we follow Meg and Charles Wallace as they travel through what was and tweak events to change the Might-Have-Been.

It’s been awhile since I read book #2 but I was surprised that Meg is now a pregnant married lady and Charles Wallace, a teen! Charles Wallace, though grown, seems much the same with his fathomless depth and yet, still white innocence despite his age and all that he’s learnt so far. It’s this unknown part of Charles Wallace which makes me doubt whether I’d ever like him. He just feels to far from my grasp. Meg, though, is different. She may hold this connection with Charles Wallace and have the ability to ‘kythe’ –but I tend to empathise with her better as she seems to me, more like a ‘normal’ person.

I enjoyed the travelling through the past and all the different interconnecting interacting stories. I would love to read more of each individual story as each time I began to like a character, the plot moved on. There were something to learn from each story, of anger (its good and bad), hatred, violence, and of course, the best thing of all, love.

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