In this adventure, the world is one day away from destruction by a nuclear war. The youngest Murray, Charles, is given the task of traveling back in time to change the events that lead up to Earth’s current plight. As typical in Madeline L’Engle’s books, unicorns play a key role, taking Charles along the “wind.” To give you a taste of the writing style:
“The great unicorn flung himself into the wind and they were soaring among the stars, part of the dance, part of the harmony. As each flaming sun turned on its axis, a singing came from the friction in the way a finger moved around the rim of a crystal goblet will make a singing, and the song varies in pitch and tone from glass to glass. But this song was exquisite as no song from crystal or wood or brass could be. The blending of melody and harmony was so perfect that it almost made Charles Wallace relax his hold on the unicorn‘s mane.”
“A Swiftly Tilting Planet” mixes suspense and beauty to create a wonderful novel. Madeline L'Engle's books always focus on the all important struggle between good and evil and how even the smallest and seemingly least important things can cascade until they have a large effect. I found “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” very interesting because it showed down through time how a whole serious of events created the future nuclear threat. Madeling L'Engle's message is clear: Even the small things that we do right now could have either a positive or a negative effect in the future.
I would highly recommend “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” to all readers, not just science fiction fans.
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