I’ve been on a roll lately with my 1001 books. The last three have surprised me in a good way. Last year I read The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells and I hate to admit it, but I wasn’t a huge fan. This year I read The Time Machine and loved it. So I was curious, was The Time Machine a fluke? Would I like The War of the Worlds as much as that one?
Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
Man had not yet learned to fly when H.G. Wells conceived this story of a Martian attack on England. Giant cylinders crash to Earth, disgorging huge, unearthly creatures armed with heat-rays and fighting machines. Amid the boundless destruction they cause, it looks as if the end of the world has come.
Considering that this book was written in the late 1800s I have to say wow! I may have thought beforehand that the novel wouldn’t be able to grab my attention. I mean a book written about Martians during this time period—no way would it be able to suck me in. And I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie. Folks there’s a reason why this book is considered a classic. Not all the details about the Martian attack are clear, but that only added to the suspense. I think too many authors today don’t give readers and their imagination enough credit and overdo things with description. Less is more.
The narration of this novel was spot on. Each page pulled me further and further into the story. Wells was way ahead of his times and I wish I was able to read this back in his day. I bet it was even more terrifying. One flaw of the novel is that you really don’t get to know the characters. However, I really wasn’t too interested about them. I wanted to know what was going to happen. It’s a fun and fast read. Yet again I stayed up late to read this book. Maybe I need to find a dud so I’m not so tired. Nah, it’s worth it.
Have you read this?