Rating: High Three 1/2
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of Peter and the Starcatcher, Doctor Doolittle, and other great classics.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
An ancient book is opened by the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock and his life – and the life of his nephew Axel – is changed for ever. An old piece of paper has tumbled from the book, a priceless parchment that will lead them on a terrifying journey to find what lies at the centre of the Earth.
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UPDATE: After completing this book, I have mixed opinions. Since I basically said all the positives in the previous section, I'm going to quickly skim through the negatives, the few that there were. There was a period in this book where I felt like I could not read on any longer. This was during the hundred or so pages before Axel and Professor Lidenbrock actually are beneath the surface of the earth. There was WAY less action, and too many little details that weren't needed, or didn't interest the reader. There were a couple other similar periods in the story, which I expected but had hoped not to encounter. I find that many classics are this way (overly wordy). That may just be because I gravitate towards more modern writing (The Young Elites, Divergent, the Lunar Chronicles, even books like Wings of Fire), but it still takes away from my reading experience, all the same.