Book Review: War Of The Worlds


Title: War Of The Worlds
Author: H.G. Wells
Language: English

Before I start reviewing, I would like to say that I have not yet watched the film nor seen the musical play, therefore I probably am not the best person to compare the book with other pieces. I know that the film was somehow popular, especially with popular people starring the movie, so please feel free to tell me that I have missed something if you think I had. However, this is a book review, so I would review it based on what I read. Thank you.

One fateful day, a strange cylinder fell from the sky in Woking and has drawn the curiosity of the people all around England. They tried to figure out what the thing were, and soon figured out that it was a spaceship from Mars. Martians came out from the cylinder and they seemed harmless. Were they really?

I do love this book. Or should I say, e-book? I got it free from my apple iBook store. I think it was not only great because I got a free e-book, but also wonderful that it was really a great classics everybody needs to read. I would soon tell you why this book worth your time.

It was amazingly written. The author has written all the details, which has made me able to imagine how things were just by reading it (remember, I have never seen the film which probably has visualised the story better on screen). However the rather thorough description did not bore me at all. The only reason why I had to stop every one or two chapters when I was reading it, is because it is not written in my mother language, so it slowed me down (and the fact that I read it at night before I slept).

Using the first person point of view, it has given a better feel of the suspense the main character has been going through. I think it was really a great way to deliver the story — by narrating it from the first person point of view.

I have to admit, as much as I enjoy watching sci-fi film, I am not into reading sci-fi. I have to say that this might be the first sci-fi literature I have finished reading, and that means a lot for me. What impressed me more is that I actually enjoyed reading it page by page without actually felt impatient. The plot was amazing, it made you not only curious of how it ends, but also how it could reach that last page.

I wouldn’t lie, I HATE how it ends. Although I thought it was a brilliant twist, and that nobody would expect that could happen, I think Wells could do better with that. Not that I was disappointer, but… really? Really?

As I said before, this is a classics everybody needs to read or at least try to read (some people could not finish reading classics — me with my 5th attempt to read pride and prejudice for example). I would rate this book 8 out of 10.


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