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The Young Unicorns by Madeleine L'Engle
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Nov 11, 2008

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The Austins have ended their roadtrip in the wilds of NYC, where intrigue awaits in L'Engle's employer, the Cathedral of St. Paul.
This book tries to explore the same issues of a Wrinkle in Time, but in a much less well thought out way. The story's interesting but ridiculous, and not in a high quality fantasy way. The Austins, except for angelic Rob, take a back seat to native New Yorkers Dave and Emily, but it's not really clear why. Are they going to appear later? Why involve the Austins at all?
One step forward in this book is, thanks to the scattered viewpoints, we see a bit more of Dr. and Mrs. Austin and they get to have flaws. Dangerously en route to becoming caricatures, this book briefly moved them forward, but they're the only ones for whom that's true. A fun read, but a huge departure from the first two books, and not for the better. If this was from anyone else, I'd say it's fine; from L'Engle, it's a mistake.

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