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2020 Book Review: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

I knew about the radio hysteria this book had caused in the past. I tried to ignore my previous knowledge before going in and reading it, when I did. I wanted to be a blank slate, but I couldn’t. I kept asking myself or saying to myself throughout it, ‘I can see why people would’ve gotten upset’ or ‘why would this had scared people’. This was a book I just could go into ignoring what I knew.

This happens at times, sometimes I just can’t ignore my prior knowledge. Whether its from a movie version I can’t help but compare or another outlet giving me a prior impression. I did want to read the book because its a classic and I learned it was different than the radio edition that Orson Welles created.

The story is a great sci-fi tale. It stirred my imagination. It’s well written and easy to read, which is always nice. I don’t often come across material that is difficult for me to understand, I was glad this wasn’t one of those times. It’s interesting to see what the mind can create when it comes to alien invasion stories. I can see why so many have re-done this theme many times. I give full credit to this story as being the inspiration for many other alien stories.

I recommend everyone read this story. Even if its just to say you have or even to experience what has inspired so much. It’s dark and can give the sense of being ‘right there’ along with the characters that isn’t easy for an author to create, but well done by Wells.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

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