The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Publisher: Penguin Classic
Genres: Classic, Science Fiction
Narrator: Rebecca Dittman
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes
Publication Date: 7th September 2016
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common near London. At first, naive locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag – only to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat-ray as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge. Soon the whole of human civilization is under threat, as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroy all in their path with black gas and burning rays, and feast on the warm blood of trapped, still-living human prey. The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they at first appear.
The first modern tale of alien invasion, The War of the Worldsremains one of the most influential of all science-fiction works. Part of a brand-new Penguin series of H.G. Wells’s works, this edition includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a further reading list and detailed notes. The introduction, by Brian Aldiss, considers the novel’s view of religion and society.”
My Thoughts & Review
I’ve wanted to read this book for so long. I did attempt it back in 2006 just after watching the movie but back then I was a mood reader and also wasn’t really too interested in reading classics so I didn’t pay much attention and gave up on it quite early on. But, the last couple of years I’ve been trying to read more classics and thought it was time to re-try this one. This time round I decided to give the audiobook a go, in the hope I would get to the end. Now I really enjoyed the movie when it came out and in since have watched it several times. but, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s very different to the movie and the only thing I found to be similar was that Martian’s in giant machines do come to attack earth and in the end they do die in the end but that’s where the similarities end.
Now, although this books started off really interesting and I liked reading about and learning about the Martian invading Earth, sadly it went downhill after that. The book started to slow down and I found that it became quite repetitive and I interest in it by the time I got to the end.
Sadly, there isn’t much more I can say about this book. It just wasn’t for me but I’m still glad I read it as it’s another classic read ticked off my list.
I read this for the prompt Book by A dead author for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge created by Mina @ Stacked Reviews
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