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The Time Trilogy

(Time Quintet #1-3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  6,207 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
A set of books about the time-traveling adventures of the Murray family includes: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

A Wrinkle in Time
The mysterious Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which send Meg and Charles Wallace through time and space to rescue their father on the planet Camazotz, accompanied by their new friend Calvin. Along the way, th
Hardcover, Boxed Set, 710 pages
Published November 1st 1979 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (J) (first published 1963)
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Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was given these books at age 10 by a family friend; they are PRIZED in my collection. This is the first time I remember truly "escaping" into a book, to a fictional time and place. A Wrinkle in Time is the first book where I risked my 5th grade freedom and courageously read under the covers at night with a flashlight! I was prepared to defend Meg and Calvin and Charles Wallace to my death! Well maybe not to my death, but I was willing to sacrifice my hind end to a spanking with the dreaded bel ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this teen fantasy classic in preparation for the upcoming movie. I hope to be wrong, but I can't imagine the film being faithful to the spiritual foundations of the books. We'll see!
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Barnes and Noble collectible edition is a beautiful book! I enjoyed the humor, action, and characters in this trilogy set. Great series of books!
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic story. Learned a new word: tesseract -

In geometry, the tesseract is the four-dimensional analog of the cube; the tesseract is to the cube as the cube is to the square.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of children's books that isn't timeless. Read them while you're a child or you'll think it's awful. I'm sad I missed out on this :(
Chris Campbell
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet: All such wonderful books in a three-in-one omnibus. There's something simple and magical about these books that always reminds me of the childhood feeling of facing terrible moments and yet knowing it will turn out all right. These books circle, with thematic beauty and fantastic narrative confidence, a message of hope and harmony: despite the darkness, don't give in to the darker impulses in the world. Science fiction, mixed with ...more
Caanan Grall
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
I'm reading this at 38, not 12 like you're probably supposed to, so I wasn't blown away by this like everyone seems to be, however I do see how it was a very influential, ahead-of-its-time novel! The first one flew by and was great, the second one I found to be quite a slog, as nothing seems to much happen and it's just a lot of repeating its concepts to make sure you Really Get It, but then book 3 was fun again as the explaining was out of the way, and there was a story again.
Alexcia Araujo
Very entertaining. Keeps you reading and on the edge of your seat. Makes your heart race with both excitement and fear. I encourage people to read while still young!
Odell Hubbard
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great childrens classic with some deep philosophical and spiritual messages. Would not hurt any adult to read or reread. It's currently being made into a movie. I'll be interested to see how it translates.
Deborah  Cleaves
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The books brilliantly handle the topics on everyone’s mind in the 1960’s. Most interesting to me was book #3 which advanced 3 of the 4 children to adulthood and made the oldest pregnant. This is an unexpected twist for a children’s book.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Of the Trilogy, the first and classic A Wrinkle in Time is definitely the 5 Star hero! Read it! The Wind in the Door was great too... 4 Star to me, building off the success of the first. The 3d, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, seems a bit off due to the telling of the tale and how it seems the characters really are more along for the ride than actually influencing the story but still a good read (and I am a sucker for time travel stuff... comes from the comic geek in me). Read them until you stop enjo ...more
The fact of the matter is that A Wrinkle in Time has a lot of interesting ideas and concepts

And L'Engle can clearly write absolutely beautiful passages, she has very unique ideas! It's just all caught up in the whole let's sound smart and topical schtick she insists on pushing.

I didn't like Golden Compass
I didn't like this

I love Young Wizards and Narnia.

Thank you.
Chris Bull
Not standing the test of time

Finally read a Winkle in Time. I have passed this item on bookstore shelves for years and always meant to get around to it. Years ago, I did read a swiftly tilting planet. On this attempted re-read, I only got have way though. I found the banter between the characters lackluster. The book(s) just didn't move ahead.
I realize Disney is planning a cinematic version of Wrinkle, I will wait for the video.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy is wonderfully imaginative and gives the reader a fairly tale as a young child, but a thought provoking, progressively unfolding story especially as we follow Meg and Charles through their problems.
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
SciFi Fantasy fun! Not my usual cup of tea but really enjoyed these quick reads.
Philana Walker
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adolescent-bliss
Read these for the first time in grade school and picked them up for my kids. A timeless classic adventure.
Olivia Luo
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good science fantasy novel
American author, Madeleine L'Engle, wrote a science fantasy novel named A Wrinkle in Time, and it was first published in 1962. The book won the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. It is the one book in L'Engle's Time Quintet, which follows the Murrys and Calvin O'Keefe.
The story is about a thirteen-year-old girl, Meg Murry, the twins Sandy and Dennys, and her five-year-old brother
Lise Pomerleau
Well, that was a shock. I read the first in the series to my Grade 4 students back in the late 80's. We all seemed enamoured with it: Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, Meg and her typical pre-teen angst, the little boy with superpowers. I don't remember the religious overtones at all. I don't think they ever came up or would have been shocking to me at that time. Upon a re-read, over thirty years later, the book doesn't impress me as it once did. The way it starts out with "It was a dark and s ...more
David Oskutis
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, as a trilogy, I enjoyed the journey, but I don't know that I'd continue on through the entire quintet. The first two volumes of this collection were fun and enjoyable, but the third book I struggled with keeping an interest. I quite enjoyed the character of the Unicorn, Gaudior, but the time leaping and trying to keep track of who Charles Wallace was Within, and which one was a decendant of whom, it just got tedious and I found myself falling asleep after almost every chapter (which would be ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy, kindle
It's been years and years since I read these books, and I figured that with the movie coming out, it was about time I reread them. (Of course, I've now missed my window to see the film in theaters, but I'll catch it on DVD so it'll be okay.) I haven't actually thought much about them for a long time, either - a lot of the other fantasy I read both as a kid and as an adult kinda overshadowed them, while this trilogy sunk into my unconscious. (Upon rereading it I realized one or more story ideas I ...more
Dagim Janosky
Dear reader

I highly suggest that you read A Wrinkle in time by Madeleine L’ Engle. It is very exiting and adevturous with a little drama. So in the begging of the book Meg Murrys father is a scientist and he tried to make time machine or a teleporter that can move you to plant to plant. But one day he goes missing and Meg gets very depressed and sad over this. So as the story goes on the Meg gets made fun of. So Meg wanted to do something about this so she went on an adventure with her brother
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
It feels wrong to rate this as I couldn't finish it. I did get about 400 pages in when I realized I just didn't care what happened. I think this is a case of being outside of the intended age range and believe that had I read this as a kid it would still hold a fondness. As it is I barely got through A Wrinkle in Time and though I liked the themes I could care less about the kids. Precocious kids are the worst when you are an adult without children. These stories are full of know it all kids whi ...more
This is a review of this edition of the trilogy, rather that the stories contained within. I'll post those as I finish them.

I really like this book. The cover artwork is really beautiful. The leather is worked so nicely that you could almost put it out on a coffee table just to admire it. The pages are a good quality and have the feel of some of the old books I've seen. The font size is great! I like the little scrollwork-type things that are at the start of each chapter. The little ribbon bookm
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Classic children's science fiction series that does a good job exploring various science conception of space & time travel, while providing engaging characters & stories. L'Engle crafts a nice mix of characters, particularly Murray kids & their friends, who must endure being the children of brilliant parents, which comes in handy when something extraordinary happens to them. She also gives some nicely simplified explanations of some pretty far out science concepts, such as space trav ...more
“A wrinkle in time” is a fantastical adventure story for youths to broaden their ideas about time, place, family, the universe and beyond. Entertaining and a fairly quick read. (4/5)

“A wind in the door” was the exact opposite, a very dry and uninteresting plot line that never caught my attention. I worked through it, although with much hardship, wouldn’t recommend and honestly just a waste of time. (1.5/5)

L’Engle however redeemed herself with “A swiftly tilting planet”. Another adventure through
I really do like this book, even though it often gives me minor frustration palpitations. This is a reread, so I'm not as objective as I would be coming to it for the first time.

The Meg/Calvin relationship in book one continues to drive me nuts because it is so completely out of nowhere, and the heavy-handed religious aspect continues to annoy me, but I knew what I was getting into the first time and don't want to make a big thing about it. It's still a light, fun, easy read, and I do still lov
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5* - Wrinkle in Time: Favorite as a kid, didn't like it as much as an adult but would definitely pass this on to my daughter to enjoy.

4* - Wind in the Door: remembered this one most from childhood, and really enjoyed my re-reading. Inventive!

3* Swiftly Tilting Planet - meh. Vaguely remembered this...elements of Steinbeck's East of Eden with the generational names/themes, didn't like the blue eyed savior family themes (with the pure idealized Native American strains...racist, much?), plodding,
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not as enchanted as I read these books again. I wanted to be - and I'm still excited about the movies coming out. But I have to admit, my standards for good writing are different than when I was a pre-teen. I was surprised with many of the logical leaps and uncertain POV as I read the books again. A younger reader isn't likely to take umbrage at such things, but I really was disappointed. Still, I've loved these books (without actively re-reading them) for decades - and there's a reason be ...more
David Martin
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it

WARNING This review is completely full of comments & thoughts that may overwhelm you as much as this books overwhelmed me in a serious migraine and with a bad mood as a secondary effect, so please if you are sensible GO FAR AWAY.

This serie made me so confussed, really, I havent been that confussed in a long time. But first I need to tell a brief experience of my own so you may comprehend more my confussion.
In 2013 I went to an exchange program in Quebec, Canada. I thought "Okay, it is Cana
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A wrinkle in time
Wonderfully Odd! A different but nice story makes this one of the classics. Madeleine L’engle adds fantasy, math and science and turns it up the notch to make an incredible and interesting story

A Wind in the door
Cute and different. Weird and odd. But all in a great way. I like how they use complicated words to create an interesting wordplay. The story never strayed away from the vibe of the first book. New creatures and characters the author added were sure to be loved.
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her young adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener ...more

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Time Quintet (6 books)
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  • A Wind in the Door (Time Quintet, #2)
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)
  • Many Waters (Time Quintet, #4)
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