2 1/2 Stars
This story of three boys who build a rocket ship to the moon is Robert Heinlein’s first published novel, one of a series of juvenile fiction books he wrote early in his career. What is juvenile fiction, you ask? After reading this book, I gather that it is a book targeted at grade school boys, as opposed to adolescent boys for whom most Heinlein books are written. Instead of unrealistically accommodating women, this book has cloying science lessons and life advice.
The story itself is pretty good, but weird considering the timing. It takes place in the future … of 1947, when the book was written. It was also really, really slow. I almost was unable to finish it, and fairly loathed reading it, until the very end. At the end the book gets super exciting, and I might just go ahead and read the follow up books, at some point.