War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

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Timeless Classics--designed for the sturggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original classic. These classic novels will grab a students attention from the first page. Included are eight pages of end-of-book activities to enhance the reading experience, bringing each book to 88 pages.
Publisher: Irvine : Saddleback Educational Pub., 2010
ISBN: 9781602918344
1602918341
Characteristics: 1 online resource (89 p.)

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vanhont48
Jan 18, 2018

The War of the Worlds by H.G Wells is one of my favorite science fiction classics. Wells was a brilliant author who wrote two of my all-time favorite books (which I highly recommend): The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man. However, The War of the Worlds was probably my least favorite of the 4 novels I have read by Wells, as the story was not very climactic and lacked the uniqueness of his other novels. Still, I had no trouble focusing on the plotline despite the overused aliens-coming-to-Earth concept. Something about Wells’ writing keeps me interested even when it’s not a fast-moving chapter, although most of his chapters are.
The story began in the late nineteenth century when massive metal cylinders fell into the English countryside. The Martians eventually came out, and the Narrator described them as “vast spider-like machines, nearly a hundred feet high, capable of the speed of an express train, and able to shoot out a beam of intense heat” (Wells 82). They immediately killed the people around them with their Heat-Rays as the Narrator watched. The British army attempted to destroy them, but the Martians were far too deadly. The Narrator ran from the danger and traveled with an artilleryman along the way. When he was separated from the Artilleryman, he traveled with a curate. The two of them didn’t get along, but they were forced to hide from the Martians together. After running, hiding, and meeting new people and places for months, the Narrator came out of hiding to find the the corpses of the Martians. They had been killed by some bacteria that humans are immune to. He reunited with his wife and was left to think about the result of the invasion.
The predominant message of the story is about fear. Wells wanted his audience to believe that fear causes us to do irrational things that we would otherwise never do. When the townspeople were running from the Martians, they resorted to extreme violence and carelessly trampled each other to escape. If they had remained clear-headed, many of them would have been more considerate for the lives of others. The Curate was also an example of irrationality in the face of fear. He had been “[driven to] the very verge of reason” by the panic and was unable to make proper decisions. This emotional state eventually got him killed, which is why Wells believes that we should control our fear is desperate situations.

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green_zebu_65
Dec 11, 2017

This book is interesting. The plot keep you turning the pages. The part that gets at you is that, if martians did attack, would we be helpless?

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Ratsarecool3
Sep 20, 2017

This book was interesting to read because it is one of the first "alien invasion" stories ever. H.G. Wells had a huge influence on science fiction. I find it amazing that Wells was able to understand so much of science, and that he demonstrated it so well in his books, when he was from the 1800s. It paints a very frightening image; humans have always viewed themselves as the top species, so it is interesting to see how quickly civilization could collapse once a technologically superior race comes in.

However, I found the characters bland and the plot mediocre. The message of the story (that only strong, smart people should survive and that it would be good for humanity to become non-diverse, a mono-culture), is, in my opinion, not a very good one. I don't believe the Martians would have been able to progress scientifically and technologically if they were all essentially the same. However, the writing was excellent and this book remains an interesting historical classic.

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amalyndb
Jan 16, 2016

A classic of science fiction, The War of the Worlds works on many layers. Most people take it as merely a fantasical fiction of invasion by otherworldly Martians set on subjugating and killing off large swathes of the human race.

However, it was intended as commentary on colonialism and the disruption to the lives of those native to the colonies. Numerous allusions are made, as to how an ant might find a steam engine as incomprehensible as the humans find the machines of the alien invaders. The introduction of the 'red weed' by the aliens, choking out the plantlife to plantations crowding out native flora and traditional crops.

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wilqser
Sep 05, 2013

Decided to read a classic although most people have the movie. If you're not from England or not familiar with the cities and towns you are going to find it hard to follow because the Well's uses street names and towns alot in the book. It is also has alot of narrative - he uses alot of adverbs and adjectives to describe the aliens and the terror they wield. I Could not finish the book because of the that but I definitely tried!

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WarOfGears3
Mar 14, 2013

Fantastic book. Unfathomable that this was written in the late 18th century. The vivid details and descriptions are fantastic. You could just as easily replace late Victorian elements with modern society. Disregard any review that puts this book at less than 5 stars - the 'critics' simply cannot comprehend the scope of the novel.

itsallieex3 Jul 07, 2012

Hated the first hundred pages or so, but it got interesting in the second half. Descriptive and I learned a lot of new vocab :)

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skywalker13
Dec 18, 2011

Okay but slow and sort of weird way of writing. Although it was written in the late 1890s so I can't really judge... An okay book but definitely not one of my favorites.

moto21 Apr 10, 2011

Regular people reacting to not so regular events in their own ways. Details, romance, horror, science fiction, name it, the book got it.

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kalio
Jul 26, 2009

Way back in the nineteenth century there was an author?H.G. Wells?who was way ahead of his time. He envisioned time travel (The Time Machine), outrageous scientific advances (The Invisible Man), and of course, alien invasions. The War of the Worlds begins when a large, strange silver capsule lands in a field. Atmospheric disturbances are observed; a lot of weird noises are heard from inside the spaceship; curious crowds gather and wait. And when the capsule hisses open and alien arms bearing deathly heat-rays emerge, there?s no doubt that the war is on. Narrated in by an everyman with acute observation and astonishment, the story of how the nineteenth-century humans fair against an advanced enemy they never even knew existed is as riveting now as it was in 1898?or in 1938, when Orson Welles? radio broadcast of his own adaptation convinced a few unsuspecting listeners that it was all too real. The War of the Worlds is the grandfather of alien stories, and as a certain Tom Cruise/ Steven Spielberg/ special effects-laden blockbuster recently proved, it?s not the kind of story that we outgrow and forget about. Despite the old-fashioned setting, The War of the Worlds is about something we understand all too well today: the fear that maybe we?re not really as strong and powerful as we think we are? It?s a lot of food for thought (especially when you find out what the Martians feed on) and it?s a lot of fun as well. The War of the Worlds is one of those great and rare discoveries?a stodgy old classic that turns out to be anything but.

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