The Official Blurb
Journey to the Interior of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne (published in the original French as Voyage au centre de la Terre). The story involves a professor who leads his nephew and hired guide down a volcano in Iceland to the “center of the Earth”. They encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy.
I'd read this book waaaay back in the past back when I was at school and so came to this reading with that warm feeling of childhood memory.
I was not disapointed! The characters are wonderful, each with their own motivations and behaviours, I believe "fully rounded" fits the description in this story.
The story itself is very well written and you can almost feel the events taking place around you. This is because the author takes time to develop the characters and happily fills out the details from inside their heads so you know and feel everything.
The story is not high action, but is very filled with events and problems that have to be solved, so you always feel engaged with the story.
Total Score 6/9
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