The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle
The L’Engle reading saga continues! This time, I am delving into her O’Keefe family saga, which specifically focuses on oldest daughter Polyhymnia, or Poly (later changed to Polly). This series has a much more scientific and mystery-oriented thrust than the Time books, though there is still plenty of philosophy to go around. Up till now, I had only read An Acceptable Time (billed as part of the Time books, but it’s really not), but I was eager to see how the rest of the books stacked up.
We first meet Adam Eddington (the yummy young scientist in A Ring of Endless Light, which is my second or third-favorite L’Engle of ALL TIME, because, dolphins) in The Arm of the Starfish, when he goes to a remote island off Portugal to work in Dr. Calvin O’Keefe’s laboratory on a secret regeneration project. While waiting for his flight to Lisbon, he sees Poly with a priest, Canon Tallis, and he is warned by a beautiful young woman to beware the Canon and to trust her no matter what. Swayed by Kali’s persuasive and vulnerable beauty, Adam naturally agrees. Things quickly set into motion, and Adam finds himself caught up between young Poly’s trust, desire for Kali, and a need to be important in the research findings. And of course, someone could get hurt.
I have to tell you guys, this backstory was a BUMMER, because younger Adam? Total idiot. I kept yelling that he was trusting the wrong person, because of course he was. People get hurt because Adam does not know how to follow directions, which is perhaps the most frustrating part of all. Seriously, dude. You don’t need to be the hero here. I’m hoping that this doesn’t poison my re-read of A Ring of Endless Light, because that would be a huge bummer.