The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1898. It is the first-person narrative of the adventures of an unnamed protagonist and his brother in Surrey and London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon.
The War of the Worlds has two parts, Book One: The Coming of the Martians and Book Two: The Earth under the Martians. The narrator, a philosophically-inclined author, struggles to return to his wife while seeing the Martians lay waste to southern England. Book One also imparts the experience of his brother, also unnamed, who describes events in the capital and escapes the Martians by boarding a ship near Tillingham, on the Essex coast.
Best HG Wells book ever!
This book was so good, I couldn’t put it down! I finally did when I had read 10 chapters. This novel is one of my favourite books and is outstanding to read! This is really gripping and caught my attention quickly, I imagined myself in the story and it sent a sudden chill down my spine. I would recommend this book to people over the age of 9 or 10. A masterpiece!
Better than expected
I thought I would give it a try to “read some classics” and I have to say I was/am pleasantly surprised with the gripping drama that unfolds. Slow burn but very good, 5/5.