I’ve been busy spending time with my parents this weekend, so I haven’t been doing any reading or writing. I thought that this would be another good time to fill in the gap with a previously-written review.
I’ve shared a review of a Madeleine L’Engle book here before, from the Austin family series, and also mentioned A Wrinkle in Time, which is from a different series called the Time Quartet. The Arm of the Starfish is from yet another series, about the O’Keefe family, who are connected to the Murphy family of A Wrinkle in Time. There are several character crossovers between Madeleine L’Engle’s series, which makes for a more interesting reading experience, if you are familiar with much of her work.
Here is my review of The Arm of the Starfish:
While not as fantastical as the Time Quartet, this book is much more action-packed and full of intrigue than the Austin family novels, which make up the bulk of my L’Engle reading.
I liked it a lot, despite that. It delves into the issues of trust and betrayal, and learning to still find goodness in mankind after having been betrayed. Someone learns something, in every Madeleine L’Engle novel, about him- or herself, as well as people in general… and the reader finds him/herself learning right along with that character, without it being forced or cheesy.
This book is my first experience with the O’Keefe family, and I definitely was pulled in by them enough to keep up with the rest of the series. They have a theme of kindness and acceptance similar to the Austin family, with the addition of the chaos of 7 children and a more exciting European cultural environment.
I really enjoy Ms. L’Engle’s crossover characters, and I was very interested to read about Adam Eddington’s experiences in Portugal that are only hinted at later on in A Ring of Endless Light (one of the Austin family books). This explained a lot about his personality for me, and I like his character even more after reading this book, which acts as a prequel [to A Ring of Endless Light] for me.
I appreciate the fact that I learn real scientific facts when I read these books. All the information and theory about limb regeneration was fascinating in this novel, and contributed to making it (like all the rest of her books) a well-rounded and thoroughly engrossing read.