Page count - 223
Classic SF! You know, for 1948, the author got much of his speculation right, except for Venus.
This is one of his juvenile books where we follow the adventures of Matt Dodson, a teenager who joins the Space Academy in the hopes of joining the Solar Patrol.
Matt is a very straight laced kid who makes good friends along the way. The academy is not an easy place to learn and he is challenged continually.
I liked the book quite a lot but I found the ending bogged down and I did not enjoy it as much. With the explosion of Young Adult fiction these days this book can hold it's own, even though it may read a bit stiff compared to more contemporary works.
|Robert A. Heinlein|