Rating: 6.2 out of 10.0
Author: Jules Verne
Genre: Science Fiction
About: Written almost a century before the daring flights of the astronauts, Jules Verne’s prophetic novel of man’s race to the stars is a classic adventure tale enlivened by broad satire and scientific acumen. Published in 1865, Verne’s novel became an instant classic.
Likes: As with most of Jules Verne’s works, this is a very realistic scenario of what could have very well happened. The plot of this novel is fantastic and fast-moving. Verne used characters sparingly in this book, but the ones that he did use were very vivid. The first half of the book was not as good, but if the reader pushes through many mathematical matters, they will be enthralled during the latter half.
Dislikes: As previously stated, the first half of the book is rather boring. This book is unusual for Verne as he typically uses characters freely. In From the Earth to the Moon, Verne’s characters are very shallow and the reader is unable to get to know the characters. In addition to this, the math of the novel is very tedious and can tend to bore the reader. While this novel did not have any negative themes in it whatsoever, it would be a boring read for younger readers.
Summary: When the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves lacking any urgent assignments at the close of the Civil War, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes that they build a gun big enough to launch a rocket to the moon. But when Barbicane’s adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a “manned” flight, one man’s dream turns into an international space race.
Book Length: 209 pages (Bantam Classics)
Favorite Character: Impey Barbicane
Suggested age: 13+
If you enjoyed From the Earth to the Moon, check out: Around the Moon [Jules Verne]