20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne
We've got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you'll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)
(6) Tree Line
Cut through all the fish stuff and the scientific mumbo jumbo and we've got a rousing, straight-up adventure story here, right? Not so fast. Aronnax asks himself a lot of questions, and he doesn't give us a whole lotta answers. As a result, we're left with a lot of thinking to do. We have to analyze the motivations behind Nemo's actions, puzzle over his origins, and, in the end, make our own judgments as to what this book is really about. And that's never easy.