Book Review: A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wind in the Door (Time Quintet, #2)A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read for the Big Fun in a Little Package Novella Challenge and the Women of Genre Fiction Challenge.

I read this book as a child (obviously I don’t remember what day, but I’m guessing based on the age I was and time of year when I read it). And again, like the first book, I got so much more from it as an adult. This is a book about growing up, and accepting the things you cannot change, as well as about the deeper themes of good and evil and the interconnectedness of all life. It suggests that evil is more often perpetuated out of selfishness than conscious malice. And it’s beautifully written. I had forgotten what a simply beautiful book it is!

The recent Wrinkle in Time movie borrowed many elements from this story as well as the titular book to make their story. It was cool, but it was in no way as deep or intense as this book.

I found this in my friend’s library when I was visiting her for the summer. This is actually the second Wrinkle in Time book that I read (A Swiftly Tilting Planet was the first). I devoured it whenever I had the opportunity, and it stuck with me forever. Please do yourself a favour and read it. I think that unlike a lot of fantasy and sci-fi this is something that can be appreciated by anyone.

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