Well, I finished A Wrinkle in Time. I wrote in my last review of this novel that I wasn’t overly impressed with it, but I thought my dislike of it had something to do with the target audience or my general lack of interest in fantasy/science fiction novels. I finished the book, and my feelings did not change. I found the novel harder to enjoy as it got further and further away from reality. I was also a little disappointed in the ending. I’ve stated in previous blogs that I like really dramatic endings, and I wasn’t expecting anything to life-changing at the end of this novel, but I did find the ending a little cheesy. SPOILERS! She saves her brother with love. Humans with free will can love whereas the people on Camacotz could not. I know this book is targeted for a younger audience, but I found it overly simple; it seemed extremely surface level. I got done with the book and wondered if there was some deeper meaning or larger point to the book that I was missing. This book is the first in a series, but I don’t think I’ll be reading any others.
I’ve also realized how long it took me to finish this book. Yesterday, I started reading Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, and I’m almost halfway done with it already. I think this really shows how addicting books can be when you’re interested in them! This story follows a thirteen year-old eighth grader whose family just moved to a new state. Aven, the narrator, was born with no arms. She grew up with her classmates from Kansas, and they were all used to watching her flip pages, eat, write, etc. with her feet, but none of her new classmates in Arizona can stop staring. I won’t get into this book too much because I will blog about it next week, but so far, I LOVE it!