A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3) by Madeleine L'Engle

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)

In this companion volume to "A Wrinkle In Time" (Newbery Award winner) and "A Wind In The Door" fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace's sister, Meg--grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother's thoughts and emot...

Details A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)

TitleA Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)
Release DateJul 1st, 1979
PublisherLaurel-Leaf Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy, Childrens

Reviews A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)

  • Cait
    This is where this series entirely fell off the rails for me. (If you enjoyed this book, feel free to skip my rant! You are totally entitled to your own opinions!) I expected to enjoy this! It is a dear favorite of several of my friends. But no. I did not enjoy it. I loathed this book. Loathed. Let us begin with the intro! The gang is assembled again! Dad is advising the president! Mom is science-ing! Sandy is in medical school! Denys is in law s...
  • Keith Mukai
    Though L'Engle's storytelling improves after the dull previous outing of "A Wind in the Door", "Swiftly" fails in other more serious ways.The biggest problem is her somewhat silly reliance on hereditary family names from generation to generation--names that endure for hundreds of years and somehow continue to intersect.Madoc, Madog, Maddux, and Mad Dog; Gwydder, Gedder, and Gwen; Zyllie, Zyllah, Zylle; two Branwens and a Charles and a Chuck round...
  • Trish
    This is the third book in the Time Quintet series that started out with Meg, her brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin.The third book starts with a massive time jump that almost disoriented me: the events here start 10 years after those of the last volume with Meg being married to Calvin and pregnant with their first child, Calvin being a scientist (and currently away in England), and the family has come together for a Thanksgiving dinn...
  • Michael Fitzgerald
    This one is pretty weak. The name thing is especially stupid. It takes literally 150 pages (out of 278) for them to figure out "with a startled flash of comprehension" that there's - gosh! - a connection between various people named Madoc, Madog, Maddok, Maddox, Mad Dog, Branwen, Brandon, Bran, Zyll, Zylle, Zillo, Zillah, Zillie, Beezie (B.Z.), Branzillo. And then it's on p.195 that we get "Certainly the name Zillie must have some connection with...
  • Alaina Meserole
    Okay this book was weird.Charles is almost grown up because he's freaking 15 years old now. The twins are in like med school or something like that. Meg is married to Calvin and they are having a baby (OMG FANGIRL AND SWOOONING). Not really bummed that Meg and the twins weren't in this book as much, or that Meg wasn't on the adventure.. because Charles didn't really get to go on the last one. So it kind of makes up for it - right?Okay that parts ...
  • D.M. Dutcher
    Wow. Out of all of the Time Trilogy novels, I had the fondest memories of this. I guess as a child I skipped over a lot of it.We enter the Murray family, but about 9 years or so from the events of a Wind in the Door. Meg has married Calvin off-screen and is pregnant. Sandy and Denys are bankers, and Charles Williams is 15. I admit I wasn't crazy about that, seeing as Meg was the soul of the first two books, and I really wanted to see her interact...
  • Morgan
    At Tara in this fateful hour,I place all Heaven with its power,And the sun with its brightness,And the snow with its whiteness,And the fire with all the strength it hath,And the lightning with its rapid wrath,And the winds with their swiftness along their path,And the sea with its deepness,And the rocks with their steepness,And the earth with its starkness,All these I place by God's almightly help and graceBetween myself and the powers of darknes...
  • Sarah
    Charles Wallace saves the universe from the forces of evil. Dear Lord, I hated this book. I'm going with two stars because I do try to reserve a one-star rating for truly unreadable books. This wasn't necessarily bad; I just hated it. I hated the wooden dialogue. I hated the vaguely racist patina over the Native American portrayal. I hated the fact that everyone had the same flipping name. I hated that the author circumvented background expositio...
  • Beth
    Five stars for enjoyment and nostalgia and quality of writing. This is so, so formative for me. So many of the things I love in literature today are present in this book. A Swiftly Tilting Planet has runes and myth and might-have-beens, and it does time travel wonderfully. (Adult-me wonders if L'Engle was referencing Barrie and Dear Brutus with her might-have-beens; child-me had never heard of a might-have-been before.)This is lyrical and beautif...
  • Christopher
    I hate to admit it, but getting through this book has been a bit of a chore. I'm not altogether certain if I want to finish this chapter of the "Wrinkle in Time" series, though I'm sure I'll press on because I bought the entire series and I want to get through it at least once. What is interesting about this book is that it introduces us to an adult (and very pregnant) Meg, and a teenaged Charles Wallace, who is the center of this book. After get...
  • Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
    4.5 stars. Re-read. Spoilers abound. It amazes me how I can still be finding new things to think about and learn from in L'Engle's work even after 3-4 re-reads. The lyrical bits were a little harder to get through this time around - but no less beautiful. L'Engle has a gift for creating incredible characters - even though you only spend a short time in Madoc, Bran, Harcels, Chuck, and Matthew's brains through Charles, their stories drew me in. An...
  • Andrew Leon
    My first ever oral book report was on A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I chose it because I had so much enjoyed the book. And, hey, it had a flying unicorn. I got an A on the written report; I didn't do so well on the oral presentation. I never let that happen again, though. It was what you call "a learning experience."Three books into reading (and re-reading) L'Engle's Time Quintent and I'm finally realizing what it is, exactly, that I don't like about...
  • Neil Coulter
    When I was a kid, the L'Engle's Time series was just a trilogy, so this was the final volume. On this re-read, as bedtime stories with the kids, I enjoyed the first volume, A Wrinkle in Time, and liked the second, A Wind in the Door, even better. This one, though . . . it's a different kind of story. Though L'Engle attempted a much bigger, more substantial story, it falls short in some frustrating ways.What's good about A Swiftly Tilting Planet: ...
  • Sesana
    L'Engle is such a gifted writer that it took me much of this book for me to fully realize that it just wasn't working for me. It's essentially a series of small family dramas, which I simply wasn't able to muster up a lot of enthusiasm for. In the end, the fate of the world hinges on making sure that a key character (who never actually appears in person) has the correct ancestry. I do appreciate the reappearance of what I consider a common theme ...
  • Kerri
    Charles Wallace, unicorns, telepathy and time travel. For me, there is very little not to like in this book. L'Engle again explores connections through space and time, and how the actions of just one person can alter history as we know it. One of the books I can read again and again and always enjoy.
  • Zeo
    Although I thought it was far better than A Wind in the Door , this book still was a struggle to get through in my recent re-read of this series. Of the first three, which I'd read as a kid, I really only remembered plot elements from the first, and character elements from the first and second. This one, I don't know. I know I read it and enjoyed it. This time, reading the first chapter or so was stunning. It starts off surprisingly political, a...
  • Jacqie
    I loved this book as a child, and probably much of this review will be my childhood experience of reading it. I've looked through some other reviews and been interested to see the viewpoints of those who don't like the book. There are certainly some race and gender reps that seem dated or not PC now, but I wonder how a child of 10 or 12 (my age when I first read it) would perceive it.For myself, reading it about 1978 or 1980, it was an eye-openin...
  • Angela Blount
    4.5 Stars Time-travel, evil dictators, Unicorns, and impending nuclear doom. Oh my!When you break it down to it’s basic parts, it doesn’t look like this story could possibly work. And yet, somehow, it does. Not perfectly or without some name-related confusion. But what it sometimes lacks in clear logical progression it makes up for in sheer wonderment, empathy-building, and that Murry family bond which readers have—by this point—come to k...
  • Kathryn Bywaters
    Surprisingly wonderful! I’m not sure what has changed… maybe L’Engle switched editors? I have no idea but “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” is a great story. Yes, an actual honest to goodness story. It is not just a choppy assortment of events, which is how the first two books seemed to me. I found myself interested in what was going to happen next and becoming emotionally invested in the characters. Plus, any book that has the phrase “I am ...
  • Ariel
    I re-read all of these in a row: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door and this conclusion. What a difference in quality. But this isn't the typical "gold, silver, brass" progression of a trilogy. It's more like 'gold, silver, mud.'A Swiftly Tilting Planet is terribly dated and even racist. There's a bad guy in Patagonia who wants to use The Bomb and Charles Wallace can only fix the problem by traveling back in time and space to make sure the rig...
  • Linda
    Sunday is my day off from housework, laundry etc., so decided to finish the third in this series.....it spans a few years in the children’s ages from A Wind in the Door. Meg and Calvin are now married and expecting their first child, so it was quite a jump in time for me. Somehow Meg and Charles Wallace her younger brother must go back in time, and Charles within ancestors to change destiny, as there is one who has threatened to destroy the wor...
  • D
    L'Engle's Time Quartet diminishes in cohesion with each installment. Whether from the author's own under-writing or her publishing house's imprudent hands-off editing after the wild success of A Wrinkle in Time, this book is a disappointment. L'Engle has shown herself capable of visionary writing, and the Wallace family is undeniably charming, so why such a half-baked result?
  • C.P. Cabaniss
    Although the following books in the series haven't been as good as the first book, I am glad that I have continued on. Each of the three books I have listened to so far have been a lot of fun, in different ways. This one jumps several years into the future. Charles Wallace is now fifteen, the twins are in graduate school, and Meg has graduated with advanced degrees and is now pregnant with her first child. You can tell that they have all aged and...
  • Ariel
    I feel like I've been sucked into the side of an airbrushed panel van. Boom... unicorn!
  • Ciara Wilkie
    I enjoyed this more than the second book. I also enjoyed that we learn more about the O'Keefe side. I would say the ending was anticlimactic. I feel like her books tend to have that oversimplified ending. I would say this book was enjoyable and worth reading but not one I would read many times.
  • Emma Grace
    'Is speechless' I don't even know how to review this book... (So I won't ;P) All I can say, is that this one is maybe better than A Wrinkle In Time!
  • Shanna
    This is probably my favorite I'm on the series. L'Engle weaves the connections in the different storylines so well. You never want to stop reading until everything has fallen into place.
  • Tiffany Jones
    I found out after I finished reading that this is actually book 4 of the “A Wrinkle in Time” quintet, not Book 3, but that didn’t interfere with my enjoyment at all. It did confuse me, a little when I started reading the next book and everyone was younger than in this book, though. Many changes have come to the Murry family. Charles Wallace is now fifteen and Meg is married to Calvin, and expecting their first child. The twins, Sandy and De...