Review: The War of the Worlds

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My son got interested in this, after seeing a friend drawing pictures of the Martian invasion. So I gave it another look.

Wells is a master of pacing and suspense. You know what's coming but he takes his time getting there, exploring human fear and shock along the way.

There's a little evolutionary worldview pushed gently on the reader, mainly of the "we're just animals" variety. He also takes a swipe at religion. The curate madly rambles about God's judgment, in contrast to calm triumph of reason in the main character.

Written in 1898, mainstream science fiction today continues to be marked by these same themes.

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