Series Review – The Time Quintet

As you may have read in my previous post, I have read the book A Wrinkle in Time in the past. It is one of my favorite books, although many people believe it is hard to get into. Not only did I read this book, but I read the whole series as well, the Time Quintet. It consists of five books: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in The Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

Some characters I will refer to are Meg, Sandy, Dennys, and Charles Wallace, the four Murry siblings. I will also mention Meg’s daughter Polly, who appears in the last book, and Meg’s friend Calvin, who is an important character in the series.

Let’s read what I have to say about these five books!

A Wrinkle in Time

This was the first book to be released in the quintet, and it won the 1963 Newbery Medal. Out of all the books, this is my favorite. I love the way it was written, the theme of the story, and the odd and interesting characters. Most of the other books did not have characters like the strange people you can see on the side of the book shown above. They made the story fun to read. The concepts that were talked about in this book were strange, but nothing your mind does not have to work too hard to imagine.

A Wind in the Door

This book receives fourth place in my ranking. It is not my least favorite, but it was written in a way that I could not comprehend well and it seemed to get in the way of what I was reading. It is about Meg’s brother Charles Wallace, who got severe disease, and Meg gets some people to help her try to fix it. The concepts that were talked about in this book were even stranger than in the first book. The characters were not fun or interesting to read about, in my opinion. The ending was rather uneventful and didn’t add up to what I expected it to be.

This receives last place on my ranking. I would describe it as cloudy or fuzzy because I still do not remember much of the book. For me, it was extremely hard to get into. It mostly dives into the history of how Calvin (an important character in the series) and his family came to be. I liked the information this book gave me, but nothing too significant happened.

Many Waters

This is my second-favorite book in the series. It is about Meg Murry’s brothers, Sandy and Dennys, who are taken back to biblical times and have to try to find a way out. One of the things I like in a book is a set of characters who interest me, and this story hit the spot. It was fun to read, with more action and plot twists than most of the other books in the quintet. It was unlike anything I had ever read before.

An Acceptable Time

This book will receive third place on my list. I think it was good, but I did not enjoy it as much as Many Waters and A Wrinkle in Time. It is about Polly, an old friend of Polly’s, and a bishop that stumble into a time 3,000 years before their own. A lot of good and bad things come out of this. The book interested me because it dove into the lives of ancient people and made me think of them in a much different way than I had before. The story was eye-opening, making me think deeply about a lot of things.

Overall, I would recommend this series to anybody who loves new and different books. All of these stories were very diverse, but I view that as a good thing. They are not for everybody because of their oddness. I still recommend it as something to try, because you never know when you will find another book you like!

A Wrinkle in Time: A New Ending

Today, I will be giving the classic novel “A Wrinkle in Time” a new twist to the ending. For those of you who have never read this book, it is about two siblings (Meg and Charles Wallace Murry) in a family of physicists who encounter three strange people in their town. These people lead the children to investigate their father’s unexplained disappearance. It gives the reader a happy ending, but I will save that for people who wish to read the book themselves.

As I mentioned in my About Me post, I love writing pieces of my own. Although this is technically a school assignment for me, I still think I will enjoy rewriting the end a lot! It allows me to be completely creative with my writing.

So without further ado, here is the ending I envision for A Wrinkle in Time.

Mr. Murry looked away from Meg and Charles Wallace, up to the old farmhouse. He smiled widely and began to tread up the hill it rested on, seeking to find the twins and Mrs. Murry inside. No matter how fast his legs would take him, it could never be fast enough. But he kept his composure and carefully stepped inside the back door.

“Kate?” he called. “Sandy? Dennys?”

He continued to walk through the back of the house, checking each room for a sign of any of them. Alas, the soft sound of footsteps drew him to the kitchen. The smell of a mysterious stew on the stove wafted toward him as he calmly approached his family.

He peered into the kitchen to present himself to his wife and two other sons, but only found the bread baking in the oven and the stew sitting ready on the counter.

“I was certain I heard steps from right here,” he muttered to himself. “Am I hearing things?”

He resumed his search, checking the living room, bedrooms, and even the lab. But still, he had not seen any sign of them. Giving up, he made his way back through the house to return to the yard and ask Meg and Charles Wallace about them.

Click, clack. Click, clack.

Mr. Murry whipped around at the echo of another series of footsteps coming from the kitchen. He paused, then slowly walked down the hallway to look one last time. He hadn’t even reached the doorway when Mrs. Murry turned into the hall and jumped at the sight of him.

For a moment, she almost looked fearful of him, but soon her expression softened to a look of pure gratitude. “Alex? Alex, is that you?” she whispered, her eyes tearing up.

All he did was walk up to her and silently wrap her in an embrace. Mrs. Murry began to sob, not even asking where he had been for all of those years. Just the sight of him seemed to be enough to answer all of her questions in an instant. She recovered quickly and called the twins down from their bedrooms.

At first, Dennys thought that dinner was ready, so he took a seat at the table, but Sandy had caught a glimpse of the two reunited family members and stopped dead in his tracks. “Father?”

Both parents nodded from the hallway. Sandy dragged his twin brother from his seat at the table and rocketed into a group hug. Meg and Charles Wallace had come inside to check on Mr. Murry but eventually joined in themselves. The whole Murry family had been joined together in the biggest celebration of their lives.

Yet through all of the action of the moment, Meg and Charles Wallace stopped to listen to a voice that only seemed to be audible to them.

“I am sorry we did not have time to say goodbye the right way,” the voice spoke. “You see, we must-“

Suddenly, the voices broke away.

The two children had never heard what their three ladies were called to do.

What I had aimed to do in this tweaked ending was to create a more emotional feeling for the reader while also having a key element from the original ending. I followed Mr. Murry because I thought it would be nice to see what he was thinking on his first trip inside the house. I also thought it would be nice to see Mrs. Murry’s unemotional character show some traits that were previously hidden, so this is how I showed that. If you have read or watched A Wrinkle in Time before, how do you think my ending was different? Leave a comment below.

*The image used in this post was taken by me