Disclaimer: I am not a professional book reviewer. This is just for fun.
Also, please note there may be a small hint of a spoiler in this review, so if you really don’t want to know anything about this book’s ending, I suggest reading it first, then coming back to read my thoughts on it.
I had been wanting to read this book for years, but for some reason, only now took the time to pick it up and give it a read. I’m glad I did.
When I was young, I remember coming across an old Disney movie called A Wrinkle in Time. I knew nothing about it, but the poster of kids on a Pegasus intrigued me.
After I watched it, I was obsessed. I thought about the concept of a wrinkle as a means of transportation across space and time non-stop. I loved it so much, because it was the first instance in which I saw outer space as a play pen for the imagination. It wasn’t just stars up there. There are worlds out there beyond our imagination. It truly excited me.
However, I had no idea that it was a book until I got to high school. It was then I also learned that there is more than one book in the series. The Time Quintet series immediately became on my to-be-read list.
Still, I never really got around to reading it. I think it’s because I had already fallen in love with the movie, I didn’t want to change that by reading the book.
Then, I decided to go on this reading venture of going through all the well-known fantasy and/or science fiction novels out there. This is definitely on that list.
Around the time I finally bought my copy, Disney started promoting the new movie. Once again, I watched the movie before reading the book.
Though I preferred the ending to the 2003 version, I will admit the 2018 version is a whole lot better. It had the technology to really show us the beauty of the worlds beyond our own. It showed us what it’s like to travel with a wrinkle, and it had some incredible actors to play some iconic characters. I also particularly enjoyed the examples of the Black Thing taking over Earth, such as a young girl struggling with an eating disorder.
I’ll get back to the ending of the 2003 version in a second, but let’s finally talk about the book itself.
The book was such a joy to read. I particularly loved reading the moments between Charles Wallace and Meg. Those interactions really captured my heart.
Meg and Calvin have some pretty cute moments together, and Camazotz is properly frightening.
My favorite part of reading the book is seeing Meg’s character arc unfold across the pages. I really started to feel for Meg and root for her by the end. I was on her side till the very end, and I think that’s what separates the book from the movies. In the movies, I am watching Meg go on her journey. In the book, I am standing right next to her the entire way.
It was quite fun reading it as an adult as well. It’s fascinating to go from reading an adult novel to a children’s book and seeing how the writing changes. I’ve taken a class on writing for children and YA audiences, and let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it sounds. So, reading this book was not only interesting in seeing how the language is written for children, but also in seeing how immersed I got despite the easy reading.
With all that said, I was slightly disappointed in the book’s ending. I know it is meant for children, so it should be kept short, but the 2003 movie did something both the 2018 movie and the book did not.
If we just forget the subpar acting, the terrible graphics, and weirdness of the old movie, I think we can appreciate the fact that we got to see a far more evil side to the villain of the story, by using Meg’s mind against her and tricking her into thinking she is back home when she isn’t. It’s another obstacle that I just think would have put the book and the 2018 film on a much higher level.
Of course, the book and the 2018 film beat the 2003 version by a landslide for countless reasons, but I would have just loved to see this scene where Meg is really being messed with, and she still manages to overcome it.
I plan on reading the next book at some point, but until then, I’ve got a few other books on my TBR list I want to get to first.