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Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
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Jan 30, 2012

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'Tunnel in the sky' is one of the first books to feature the topic of being exposed on a strange planet. As the protagonists of the novel are young adults, the work resembles 'Lord of the Flies' which was published one year earlier, in 1954. Heinlein deals with questions of politics and building a community, so the book counts as a classic representative of Soft Science Fiction. It strongly focuses on fighting fear (of the unknown) and what makes a skilled leader. All in all, the novel is a fast read with a straightforward writing style, which I liked, although sometimes the way the adolescents communicate is a little bit sloppy and lacks emotional depth. Certainly 'Tunnel in the sky' is not Heinlein's best work, but it introduces an interesting setting and makes you think about the way you would have acted in the given situation. Definitely a recommendation.

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