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Written in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau was an instant sensation that went on to inspire a series of movies. It was meant as a commentary on Darwin’s recently published theory of evolution, which had riveted the world of science and therefore, of science fiction. While gene-splicing and bioengineering are common practices today, readers are still amazed by Wells’s haunting vision and the ethical questions he raised a century before our time.

Shipwrecked on a Pacific island, gentleman naturalist Edward Prendick finds Dr. Moreau, a scientist expelled from his homeland for performing cruel vivisection experiments. Here Moreau has found the freedom to continue his work, and Prendick soon becomes involved. Dr. Moreau’s project is to “humanize” animals by torturous surgical transplant, creating hideous creatures with manlike intelligence. But as the cruelly-enforced order on Moreau’s island dissolves, the true consequences of his meddling emerge.

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  • The Island of Dr. Moreau takes us into an abyss of human nature. This book is a superb piece of storytelling.”

    V. S. Pritchett

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Al Arthur | 2/18/2014

    " Disturbing and strange, it reminded me in many ways of Lord of the Flies. Some of detail is very nicely described, making it all the more horrific. Knowing Wells' thoughts at the time on eugenics, it's interesting that he should still choose to tell a story of Moreau's failure. I haven't watched any of the film adaptations, but from what I've read about them the book is much, much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shamee | 2/16/2014

    " Creepy but I still couldn't put it down! I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Davis | 2/10/2014

    " Surprisingly boring for being about vivisection and the inherent animalistic nature of humanity. The book did not grab my attention or interest aside from the basic premise. There are animals being experimented on on an island. The protagonist isn't very interesting, and while some insightful points into human nature are made, the flow of the story was slow and telling was bland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karolina | 2/1/2014

    " This book is short and very well written. The story is very strong, and could be easily reformatted to be a great movie script - and it has apparently, though the movie is horrible. The characters are well developed and some particularly interesting (I like M'Ling the most). The story brings up some interesting themes like motives behind religion, the difference between man and animal, human cruelty and human compassion. It is very dark. "

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