Book Review- The War of the Worlds

Friday, 3 August 2012
Title: The War of the Worlds
Author: H.G. Wells
Publication Date: 1898
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages: 192
Genre: Classic, Science Fiction

Rating: 3/5

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own.” Thus begins one of the most terrifying and morally prescient science fiction novels ever penned. Beginning with a series of strange flashes in the distant night sky, the Martian attack initially causes little concern on Earth. Then the destruction erupts—ten massive aliens roam England and destroy with heat rays everything in their path. Very soon humankind finds itself on the brink of extinction. H. G. Wells raises questions of mortality, man’s place in nature, and the evil lurking in the technological future—questions that remain urgently relevant in the twenty-first century".- Goodreads

I read this book on my Ipod as it was free on an app. I have seen two films of this novel and I was expecting a really great read as I really enjoyed the movies. Also it is a very short novel so it didn't take very long to read.
The story starts just as Martians invade the Earth. The story follows one man as he tries to survive and come to terms with what is happening to Earth. It is a really great idea for a novel that was written long before sci-fi was a common thing to write about.
The plot was good, it had some really good parts like all the description of the martians which must have taken some imagination to design them so fully. There were some parts that were slow because the story was retold by our main character so it wasn't a very exciting read at times.
Our main character is the narrator who never gives his name. We know some things about him but not a lot, which makes it an interesting story. He retells the character, even all the bad decisions he makes.
Overall this was a good story but it was a lot slower than the more modern novels that I normally read. Overall I rated it 3/5.


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