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

 Book review | The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells | 4 stars

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Heinemann Educational Books 1978
ISBN: 0 435 12005 0



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.

Bullet-point review


+ amazingly written
+ >100 years ago
+ sci-fi

– plot hole

Full Review

First off, I’m just so impressed that over 100 years ago, someone actually thought up this story! How Wells came up with the idea for this story, I don’t know, but it definitely blew me away. The writing is amazing, and surprisingly easy to read for a story that is already so old.

There is just one plot hole, at least in a way; it’s at the very least an easy way out to resolve the story. If you know the story, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If now, then I still haven’t spoiled anything.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in sci-fi, fantasy, and apocalyptic stories.


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