This wonderful coming of age tale is a perfect introduction to Science Fiction for those young to be impressed by it, as well as those amongst us that are young at heart. HSSWT tells the reader in glorious retro-manner of a young boy (in the 1960s?) daring to dream the impossible dream of going to THE MOON. We witness the joy and adventure of entering an appopriate and approved-by-parents competition where the first prize is, indeed, a trip to the moon. But we also witness, experience and feel the young boy's disappointment at not winning the major prize.
The writing is simple, straightforward and easy to follow. Characterisation is good. The good guys are just as obvious as the bad guys and the ultimate bad guy may or may not be what he / she / it seems to be. The science in this science fiction classic is also not too hard to follow, which makes the book excellent for kids as well as those new to the genre.
Obviously the book is aimed at younger readers but not too young, as our hero meets and befriends a suitably aged young lady who shares his experiences and life threatening adventures. All in all this is a wonderful book for readers of all ages. I look forward to reading more works of Robert A Heinlein.
PS please read this book carefully. Just after the half way mark you will come across a sentence that may well change the way you view the entire concept of science fiction. I wont quote it here to protect future readers of this wonderful tome but you wont see it with your eyes shut. Read carefully, and enjoy!!!!!
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: New English Library Ltd; New edition edition (1 July 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0450007294
- ISBN-13: 978-0450007293
- Package Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 59 g
- Customer Reviews: 210 customer ratings