“The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells was published in 1897. It is a dystopian sci-fi about an alien war invasion in London.

The protagonist is a male who is subjected to the invasion and is therefore a reliable source to tell the story of what happened in the invasion.

This story affects a wide array of characters, but mostly we see the story through the eyes of the protagonist and his days-long battle to try to survive this off-putting invasion.

What I found most interesting was the description of the aliens. They were mechanical, giants, and unable to leave the pit they landed on at first. Through a series of events, the aliens become more intelligent and can so forth, do more things, which becomes troublesome for the English society.

I didn’t really appreciate the localized aspect of the plot. A big part of the book takes place in the pit where protagonist is, and otherwise, not much happens, as people flee from town to town.

The book is focused on the hysteria the invasion causes but not on the war itself, which felt like a cheat, when the title of the book is suggestive of a war.

Apart from the stretched-out plotline and lack of eventful activity, I found the attention to detail amusing and a big part of why this book was able to keep me at its wing.
The War of the Worlds
Author: H.G. Wells
Publisher: William Heinemann (UK), Harper & Bros (US)
Original Publication date: 1897

Contributor: Shelly Lora. Loves to write and enjoys reading books.

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