Title: The War of the Worlds
Author: H.G. Wells
Knowing the place of this work in the canon of scifi literature, I was expecting more material about the aliens themselves. However, most of the story is about the mass exodus to get out of harm's way. In fact, I was reminded more of The Walking Dead than close encounter tales. Wells anticipates not only the post-apocalyptic literature to come but also the devastating impact of the very real human wars which would dominate the 20th century and beyond.
In both this book and The Invisible Man (review here), Wells displays a fascination with the dissemination of information. In the newspaper age, accurate news of the invasion takes significant time to get from one part of England to another. As such, residents of London, for instance, are caught off-guard by the severity of the situation. The story is less satirical than The Invisible Man but the dark humor is still there as Wells pokes fun at his fellow Englishmen. Perhaps not surprisingly for the Victorian Era, the narrator - and through him, the author - comes off as quite a snob.
While I'm glad to have read the book, I'm not in any hurry to read more Wells. I've covered his Big Four: The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. The rest can wait.
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