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on 13 June 2016
Ever since this novel was first published it has always proved to be popular with the reading public. A tale told in the first person narrative we read about how suddenly Martians invade the Earth. The narrative takes place in the South of England and is still quite gripping, with the Martians in their machines and their death rays causing havoc and destruction.
Like most people I have read this story countless times, but I have never got bored with it. Influencing other writers in the field with their own 'invasion' stories this is a tale that will never be forgotten. This has to be the most famous novel of alien invasion, with Martians coming to Earth in their tripod killing machines. Our narrator sees what is happening from his home, and then tells us all what he sees happening. At the time this book was considered more than just science fiction which is always the case with Wells, but also a scathing indictment on Imperialism. Of course nowadays with laser guided missiles and what have you this can also be seen as an allegory of modern warfare, with death and destruction raining from the air by a faceless military. Because it can be read on more than one level this story never really ages and is just as enjoyable for a child reading it for the first time, to an adult reading it for the umpteenth time.
If you've never read this before then you have a real treat in store, and if you have read it before you will know how great this is.