The story is set in 2075. War has been abolished and peace is protected by the elite Patrol, a peacekeeping and diplomatic force. Matt wants to be a part of this unique and important guard, but before he can be a part he must pass rigorous testing to learn the skills and knowledge that he will need.
At first Matt is disillusioned by the work required of him as a member of the Patrol. Matt expected glamour and excitement, but he quickly finds that being part of the Patrol is a lot of work. But in the end his work pays off when he and fellow members of the Patrol are marooned on Venus, and imprisoned by natives who have been enraged by the lack of diplomacy that humans have exhibited toward them. Its up to Matt and his friends to restore peace through diplomatic efforts.
Heinlein writes a marvelous science fiction story. The novel’s numerous details and subtle descriptions breathe vibrant life into the storyline, and his plot is first-rate. I enjoyed reading “Space Cadet,” and would recommend it to any science fiction fan.
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