An Acceptable Time (Time Quintet #5)
by: Madeleine L’Engle
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 51 out of 75
So, we are now at the end of our series. I can’t say I loved every bit of our journey but it was interesting. I’d have to say this was the least interesting of the books. Not that it was bad but it wasn’t my favorite either. It reminded me too much of the third book. It had similar themes. It felt like a repeat of the third book in so many ways, and the characters weren’t as interesting as the previous ones. The fourth book, in my honest opinion should have been the end.
This one is centered on Polly O’Keefe, who is Meg and Calvin’s oldest child. By the way Meg had like a million children because she felt insecure 🤦🏽♀️. I thought we addressed Meg’s insecurities in books one through three, but she still doesn’t feel good enough. Anyway….
In the third book Charles Wallace’s soul inhabited a young Native American man to learn about the ancestry of a terrorist. In this one Polly went to the same tribe but I’m not sure if it was before Charles Wallace went or after, there’s no clear timeline on that. This could be a new past since Charles Wallace went and messed with time, there’s no answer to these questions, which is kind of frustrating.
Anyway Polly went to the same tribe to save the two tribes from fighting against each other and wiping out the other one.
The thing that upset me the most I would have to say is that Polly seemed to inherit her mother’s insecurities. Some older guy likes her and when he literally sells her up the river she acts like he didn’t know what he was doing 🤦🏽♀️🙄🤔🤨😒. The whole time I’m thinking “Are you really that insecure about your beauty and brains?” She just keeps saying I don’t know why he likes me. Um, because you’re a effin catch Polly…duh.
As you can tell that frustrated me to no end. I almost gave up on the book because of that.
Then Polly decides to fall in love with someone from the past. Keep it in your pants Pol, geesh. This whole time her parents live on some island under going gentrification. I don’t know what that has to do with anything but that information was given to me so I gave it to you🤷🏽♀️.
This book was just weird. Some parts were good and reminded me of the previous books, and other parts read like a fever dream. I really, really wanted to like it but alas it wasn’t meant to be.
Oh, by the way, the reason the guy was a jerk to her and almost let her get murdered, he went to stop it at the last possible second but she was already rescued by then, was because the war tribe promised they could heal his heart. So, he literally traded her life for his and expected her to be okay with it because he’d get to live a nice long life. Meanwhile, she would be sacrificed for him and rain 🤦🏽♀️🙎🏽♀️🙎🏽♀️⛈.
The one thing I did love is she rescued herself, after she was already rescued and then wilfully returned to the war tribe to be murdered. She wanted to give her friend the chance to do the right thing…🧐 and when he didn’t she rescued herself. Girl Power?!?
Oh, and I forgot…the other guy she fell in love with, the guy from the past that would be like a million years old in her time, he wanted to sacrifice her too because he agreed with the war tribe for half of the book. Yet, Polly couldn’t believe he’d do that to her even when he tricked her and trapped her in the past.🤨🧐🤔
Suffice to say, Polly isn’t allowed to pick her own mate…like she is banned from having choices…ever.