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"This book had multiple layers of themes, from the limits of human adaptability to the definition of life. These are expanded upon with discussion about how they connect, and how everything connects — and affects — literally everything else. Despite the quest structure, the grand finale wasn’t about fighting a “big bad,” but about using these themes to overcome obstacles. Such a lesson is applicable to just about every conflict."
An excerpt from my full review on the Speculative Chic blog.
I was excited to get Wrinkle in Time for my son because I loved it SO much growing up. I never did read the books that followed. He ended up loving Wrinkle in Time as much as I did. I ended up buying the whole series and none of them really compared to the first. These are still really good books for any child though. Everyone is different. Someone who doesn't like one book, may be loved by the next. I read this one alongside my son and it was just okay.
This book, unlike A Wrinkle In Time, was really scary. I mean, Charles Wallace almost dying, Meg, Calvin, and Mr.Jenkins almost beaing Xed, and Progo actually Xed himself, really scary. A Wind In The Door is confusing through. I don't know what happened to Teacher at all, I don't get Naming, and I don't get Xed.
Book two of the series expands beyond the initial book and reveals that there is still a lot to be understood before deeper questions can be explored. A series which can be read individually but really will only be appreciated upon completion of the whole. Reminiscent of Narnia, C S Lewis’s Perelandra series or even Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”. Likely suitable for adolescents and anyone older, who may enjoy it from a different perspective.
Interesting read. I didn’t expect to ponder the subject matter of this book. If you have any sort of religious background this book will definitely make you pause and evaluate your relationship with your Creator.