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review 2014-09-28 17:34
Review of The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L'Engle
The Arm of the Starfish - Madeleine L'Engle

The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L'Engle is the story of a young man named Adam Eddington who has landed a summer job abroad with a renowned marine biologist, Dr. Calvin O'Keefe. Due to unforeseen circumstances he winds up caught in the middle of an international conspiracy between Dr. O'Keefe and those that would steal his work. Adam must figure out who he can trust and decide whose side he wants to be on, but this decision is not as simple as he would like.


This book was an ok read. It was mostly a mystery thriller type novel with some light science fiction mixed in. The scientific concepts presented in the book were very interesting and there was a good bit of action as well. I'm not sure I entirely liked where the book ended though and felt it could have done with one more chapter to provide some additional closure, but I suppose the author wanted to leave that up to the reader's imagination. This book crosses over with L'Engle's Time Quintet series and features characters from that series, but all grown up with children of their own. This book takes place between books four and five of the Time Quintet and while it's not necessary to read the first four books before reading this book, I would recommend reading this book before reading the fifth book of the Time Quintet.

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review 2013-07-14 00:00
The Arm of the Starfish
The Arm of the Starfish - Madeleine L'Engle Edit on 5/16/14- The more I think about this book, the less I liked it. So I am re-writing my review and detracting a star from my rating.

Summary; Adam Eddington is a marine biologist. He is going to spend the summer working for the famous Dr. O'Keefe. Then he meets Kali Cutter and is sucked into a mysterious situation. Other people want to get Dr. O'Keefe's files on his experiments, which involve the regeneration of starfish limbs. They want to use the technique of regenerating nerve rings on other animals- including people- to make money.

My thoughts: A Wrinkle In Time was an amazing book. Arm of the Star Fish is not bad, per se, but it was nowhere near as good as A Wrinkle In Time (at least, In my opinion). Adam was a bland person and I felt no connection with him whatsoever. Kali was a stereotypical "femme fatale" and so irritating. Polly, Meg and Calvin's daughter, also irked me (though I can't quite remember why).

Maybe a re-read is in order? I read this last June and I don't remember a lot, just the things that irritated me.

Three stars. I may re-read soon.
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review 2010-01-11 00:00
Arm of the Starfish (Laurel-Leaf Suspense Fiction)
The Arm of the Starfish (O'Keefe Family, Book 1) - Madeleine L'Engle Hokey? Yes. Stiffly unrealistic dialogue? Yes. Unbelievable characters? Yes. Credulity-straining plot? Yes. Annoying spelling of Poly? Yes.Is it a wonderful book that transcends all the limitations? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Again, it's the joy L'Engle evokes that hooks me. Her world, at base, makes sense and is full of strong, moral, and unabashedly joyful characters.
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