This book would make an excellent read for a young read any space novels before. In Islands in the sky, Arthur C. Clark does an exceptional job of describing space life. The first man to experience space live was Yuri Gagarian aboard the Vostok 1 in 1957. I have to give Clark recognition for describing zero gravity and the orbital experience so vividly in 1952; five years before we ever reached orbit. The idea of life in space in the fifties sounded like science fiction all together. Today, we grow closer to having colonies in space, and humans live in satellites all year around. So today, life in space does not seem like science fiction at all.
Roy Malcom, a sixteen year old space buff, the main character in this story; enters a competition and wins a trip to anywhere in the world. Roy, a lifelong dreamer of space travel choses to visit the colonized space station above the earth’s atmosphere. His parents refuse to buy in to his “space dreams”, and they tell him that he should not waste his time with his head in the stars. Roy’s uncle, a well-known attorney, helps him find the loophole in the contest in order to choose space as a destination for his prize. He has experience on many different space travels and wants to see his nephew have some of the same experiences. Roy encounters many things in space that cannot be found on earth, and he gets an opportunity that many people today would pay millions for.
As much as I liked how descriptive the story was, I sometimes felt that the story itself ran on as one big description. I felt that the story needed more suspense, for being about outer space travel. In my opinion, the story could have used a few more dangerous encounters to keep the reader of the edge of their seat. Although I feel it could have used a little more excitement, I am well aware that the idea of this book was to simply give the reader an outer space like experience.
Overall I enjoyed this book; I know that it is for a much younger audience, but I would recommend this story for anyone between the ages of ten and sixteen. It helped me build a very clear image of what life in space would be like.