The Arm of the Starfish (O'Keefe Family #1)
When Adam Eddington, a gifted marine biology student, makes the acquaintance of blond and beautiful Kali Cutter at Kennedy International Airport on his way to Portugal to spend the summer working for the renowned scientist Dr. O’Keefe, he has no idea that this seemingly chance meeting will set into motion a chain of events he will be unable to stop. Caught between Kali’s...more
Not only did this book influence my career choice but I would like to say it reinforced my character. If you only choose the right way when its easy what's the point?
Meg Murry and Calvin O'Keefe met in Wrinkle, but by Starfish have married, had six children and live on the island of Gaea off of western Europe. Calvin - now called Dr. O'Keefe - is a successful marine biologist whose dis ...more
anyway, i saved this book for a particularly rotten day, thinking that i needed a good comforting ...more
Original review from July 2013:
Summary; Adam Eddington is a marine biologist. He is going to spend the summer working for the famous Dr. O'Keefe. Then he meets Kali Cutter and is sucked into a mysterious situation. Other people want to get Dr. O'Keefe's files on his experiments, which involve the regeneration of starfish limbs. They want ...more
• There was genuine ambiguity in the characters. L'Engle wrong-foots you from the beginning, and even when you think you've got everything sorted, she'll throw another monkey-wrench in the gears.
• The links to previous L'Engle books was fun. I was really confused when Adam got to the O'Keefe's house, and ...more
Laurie can help me out here since I have not reread some of these for years but didn't M L'E mess up her generations here, making Adam a contemporary of Meg's daughter but also of Vicky Austin, when logically Vicky and Meg should be the roughly the same age.
Anyway, Starfish is a lot of fun. Adam spends a bit too much time trying to make up his mind about whose side t ...more
Sixteen-year-old Adam Eddington, a gifted marine biology student, is en route to Portugal for a summer job assisting renowned scientist Dr. Calvin O’Keefe when he encounters gorgeous Kali Cutter in an airport. This “chance” meeting thrusts him into a fast-moving power struggle between those who would rightly limit the use of an amazing scientific discovery and those who would manipulate it with concern only for their own gain. Through a whirlwind of necessarily instantaneous decisions a ...more
Published in 1965 and set in 'the near future,' The Arm of the Starfish is meant to be thrilling and suspenseful. But L'Engle does a lot of telling rather than showing. Lots of (melodramatic) dialogue and not much action until the end. And there's an uncomfortable scene wherein twelve-year-old Poly wears ...more
I would have loved to give this story five stars, but something in the story made me change my mind. I won't say what it was because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
Also, for "Wrinkle In Time" fans this will eventually tie in with it somewhere.
Give this story a go. It's worth the time.
But this is a great book; definitly in the top five best Madeline L'Engle books!
It's funny how the good female characters have to be either beautiful or ugly ducklings, and the bad female characters can only be beautiful if they're destined to turn into horrifying spiders later.