Book Review: War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Hello, my name is Judith! Welcome to my blog, ReadandReview.

War of the Worlds is a classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells that tells the tale of a Martian invasion of Earth, when a supposed meteor lands in Surrey. The narrator discovers that the meteor is not in fact a meteor, but an artificial cylinder, containing alien life forms. It is not long before these Martians adapt to the environment of Earth and wreak unimaginable havoc.

War of the Worlds is quite possibly one of the most exciting 19th century books I’ve read.

It’s narrated by an anonymous first-person narrator, which, although my preference is for third-person narration, didn’t affect me in the slightest because the focus of this book is not on character development, but retelling the shocking events of an alien invasion.

The descriptions are vivid and imaginative, making the entire story more exciting and fun to read because it clashes so obviously with the stereotypical context and style of most literature I’ve read from this time.

Short chapters kept the pace moving, and there were plenty of action-packed scenes to keep the tension and drama throughout.

It’s a short, exciting read and I strongly recommend it!

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

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– Judith

This post was last updated in January 2020.

9 thoughts on “Book Review: War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

  1. The musical is incredible!! I listened to the soundtrack before I read the book, but even though it was written decades before it was still just as thrilling and innovative☺️

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  2. Great review. I’m currently reading an alternate edition called “War of The Worlds plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies” which takes about 85% of the original book and had a second author mash-up zombified horror elements into it. It’s been a really fun read.

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    • Thanks! That sounds like one of those modern “spoof” reads – I’ve read stuff similar like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies / Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. It definitely sounds fun to read 🙂


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