Troubling a Star

Age Range
12+
ISBN
0440219507
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Disappointing Austin Book
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2.3
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Vicky is the reason I read the Austin books. For that reason, I was happy to recently discover Troubling a Star. The first few chapters also reunite us with her family and with love interest Adam Eddington from A Ring of Endless Light. Unfortunately, Troubling a Star left me dissatisfied. At the start, Vicky reveals that she wished for more than friendship from Adam. Yet she spends most of the book traveling to meet him and so nothing really ever has a chance to develop. With Troubling a Star being the last of the Austin books, we’re doomed to forever wonder if Vicky will ever find love. Near the start, Vicky also says that she feels lost and alien. Unlike in L’Engle’s earlier Austin books, however, I don’t feel that Vicky grows through her adventures to know more about faith, love, or really anything. Oh, there are references throughout to how the more we love, the more vulnerable we are. And through some of the multitude of characters we meet during Vicky’s voyage to the Antarctica, there is an exploration of what honor is. Yet neither of these applies to Vicky, who is already vulnerable and honorable, and so Vicky simply becomes a pawn in a novel about politics, ecology, drugs, and even murder. These are amongst the darkest issues to appear in the Austin books and so might have proved for an engrossing novel but instead left me cold. Part of the reason for my apathy is that there are far too many characters for me to care about. Of those whom I do get to know, their trustworthiness remains uncertain until the end and so again I really never feel comfortable caring about anyone. Through her conflicted characters, L’Engle might have wanted to explore the dual nature of man. Yet seems to me that Vicky still needed to have someone she could turn to, so that she has stability in the midst of chaos. In the end, maybe, Vicky isn’t the only reason I loved the Austin books. Perhaps, I also needed for her family and God to be right there with her, providing her with hope and answers.
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Great book!!!
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Reader reviewed by Jamie

Vicky has just gotten back from a year in New york city she is now back in her home time of connecticut the time she spent away from all her friends has really changed her and she doesn't think she will ever be the same. I think everyone shoud read this book it's awesome!
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