I first read this book when I was very young, and it captivated my mind with its plot. Just imagine the possibilities...venture into the unknown and discover a world extinct for millions of years.
Reading it now, decades later, I'm not as enthused as I once was, yet it remains a well-written book. It's a classic, what can I say.
I still have this adventure bug in me, a bug that makes me want to explore the unknown, to see what lies behind the next hilltop, where does this cave lead, and what can I see once I climb on that over there...Yes, I remain a kid at heart.
From literary point of view, the book shows the endurance of the human spirit, the desire to conquer and keep conquering. Yet, it also shows human weaknesses and doubts once faced with a difficult choice. I did enjoy reading it again, and would recommend it as a fine example of classic literature.
One caveat I have with the text is the overuse of scientific terms, but that's what Verne liked, that's what kept him going...his scientific quest.