This is another Robert Heinlein book for young people written during the 1950s. It mixes the excitement of space exploration with the closeness and competitiveness of identical twins. It fits into Heinlein's Future History series, but does not require familiarity with any of the other stories.
Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers who have always been close. In fact, they discover they have been communicating telepathically without realizing it since early childhood. This ability they share with some other pairs of identical twins turns out to be valuable to space exploration. Before long, Tom is headed for the stars in a torch ship while Pat remains behind. Their telepathic link allows real-time communication between Earth and explorers remote from our solar system.
After Tom and Pat part, the story develops along two lines. Tom reports on expeditionary life, with challenges ranging from petty shipboard disagreements to contacting new and dangerous alien species. Readers also follow the relationship between Tom and Pat, who is aging at a must faster rate due to the effects of relativity. Things become more interesting as Tom.develops a telepathic link and close relationship, with one of Pat's female descendants. These two story lines eventually converge.
Although written as a Heinlein juvenile, this story contains themes also interesting to adults. It is worth reading and adding to your collection. Enjoy!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 599 KB
- Print Length: 163 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765314940
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DEQ1EJ8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)