by Madeleine L’Engle
Unlike some other (Goodreads) reviewers I didn’t think this book went downhill after the first three chapters.
I liked the first two chapters very much, but for a few chapters after that some of the writing felt a bit clumsy and I was starting to lose interest.
But the final half of the book was genuinely thrilling and I found it very hard when I had to put the book down!
I also very much enjoyed the portrayal of the children (in particular Meg) as flawed and often socially awkward human beings. In this regard this book reminded me of the early Harry Potter books (I’ve only read the early ones) and also in the way the children find their own strength.
I’m curious about what happens to Megan, Charles Wallace and Calvin, so will almost certainly carry on with this series.
Extra note: My edition also carries an afterword by L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voikis, which I found very helpful in understanding who L’Engle was as both a writer and a person.