Saturday, November 24

Book Review: War of the Worlds

Title: The War of the Worlds

Author: H.G. Wells

Pages: EBook - 212

Summary: 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.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the book, but I found it to not be nearly as climatic or suspenseful as I thought it would have been. In fact, it was pretty much non-existent in the book. Good writing, but overall, not a lot happens in the book. It's more of a psychological thriller than anything else. Although at the time, I can see it to being quite terrifying.

There were some interesting parts to the book, especially some of the inner thoughts by the characters and some of the characters themselves - there is an interesting part in the book, which I thought the author did a fantastic job at creating the psychological effects as well as some interesting perspectives on what has happened. One of my favourite parts of the book in fact.

Overall, not my favourite book, but not a bad book either.

Would I recommend it to read: I think I would, not my favourite book, but it's worth reading. It was an interesting read, just based on the characters perspectives and experiences.

What to read next:  The Time Machine is well worth reading.


  1. I must admit I loved this book, right up my alley. I can't get enough of these classic works of science fiction. War of the Worlds was definitely a much better read for me than The Time Machine, but I think that might be because I loved the old movie verson of The Time Machine as a child and so nothing was ever going to live up the movie (strange but true). I was on the edge of my seat as I read this book. I like the way you put it about being more of a psychological thriller/ I had never thought of it like that but I think that you might be right.

    1. I do find some of the old Sci-Fi Classics to be quite good. Especially considering when they were written, I think the unknown must have added to the suspense to the book. I've never watched the old movie version, but it sounds like it might be well worth it.

  2. I need to actually read this... I "listened" to it a couple of weeks ago but I was so distracted that I couldn't tell you a thing that happened. Not sure that bodes well for reading the book, though!

    1. Hmm, listening to it might actually be a rare case where it would be better, thanks for the idea.