Review: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

February 27, 2010 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Reviewed by Elton Pan

Herbert George Wells was born in London in 1866 but did not appear destined for fame as a writer. His father, a poor shopkeeper, could not afford a proper education for his son, so the boy was apprenticed to a cloth maker, and later to a chemist. However, by studying hard, he won a scholarship to The Royal College of Science. His training as a scientist and his love of writing allowed him to produce The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon, and The War of the Worlds.

The inspiration for the Martian invasion in The War of the Worlds came about inadvertently. Wells and his brother Frank were discussing the invasion of the Australian island of Tasmania in the early 1800s by European settlers, who hunted down and killed most of the native inhabitants who lived there. This discussion sparked Wells’ imagination.

The novel begins with an article in the London Telegraph reporting flaming gas bursts from Mars. Soon a strange-looking cylinder lands on Earth and the Martians attack, intent on taking over earth and exterminating its inhabitants. What follows is a thrilling tale of survival in the midst of epic war. A real page-turner.

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Entry filed under: Reviews, Science Fiction.

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