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No wrinkles in sci-fi story of love

“A WRINKLE in Time” is a science-fiction novel targeted at young adults. Madeleine L’Engle writes in the third person from the per­spective of Meg.

She uses charming imagery with cogent diction to create magnificent and convincing set­tings. Her language is engaging and easy to read. Despite being science-fiction, everything seems so real. The expert craftsmanship of the characters is definitely a major contributor to that, with them being blessed equally with gifts and virtues as well as faults and fears.

For instance, the main charac­ter, Meg, is not popular. She has struggles and has fits of anger like any real person, which makes her relatable. Her love for her family and eventual growth, however, are what makes the reader invest in her. All the characters, including the minor ones, are nicely fleshed out. The supernatural elements are introduced very naturally and the quirky characters and exotic planets add zest to the story.

The climax being resolved with love may seem conventional, but it is still potent and genuine with L’Engle’s writing. The story also conveys a positive message, cover­ing themes of love, family, bravery, good and evil.

(Grace is a Year 11 student at Nord Anglia International School of Shanghai.)


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