Book Review: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

journey to the center of the earth coverAuthor: Jules Verne

Number of Pages: 240

Publisher: Bantam

Release Date: 1864

“The intrepid Professor Liedenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth’s very core. In his quest to penetrate the planet’s primordial secrets, the geologist–together with his quaking nephew Axel and their devoted guide, Hans–discovers an astonishing subterranean menagerie of prehistoric proportions. Verne’s imaginative tale is at once the ultimate science fiction adventure and a reflection on the perfectibility of human understanding and the psychology of the questor.”

– Goodreads.com

I have a thing for older science fiction stories. It is just really interesting to me to see what people in the past thought the future would be like. I had very mixed feelings about this novel, but in general my thoughts were more negative than positive. I thought that it was pretty well written in terms of sentence flow and readability. However, the plot was random and I didn’t really find a point in the story at all. They didn’t even make it to the center of the Earth! And what they did find when they got below he surface made no sense at all. The timeline of the story was choppy and there  wasn’t much of a reason as to why certain events occurred- most of the events, actually.

On the other hand, I did like the way some of the events were connected by the presence of the name of the man who created the code in the beginning. Also, I really liked the man who accompanied Axel and Professor Liedenbrock on their journey. His name was Hans, and he didn’t say much. However, he got them out of a number of tricky situations, and at the end he did not want fame- he just went back to his home and resumed normal life. He was probably my favorite thing about this novel.

Overall, I wasn’t very impressed with this novel. It was okay, but not the greatest.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) 3 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Maybe. It’s worth reading just for the experience of it, but if you don’t enjoy science fiction then this probably isn’t the book for you.

Yours,

HOLLY

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