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First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, “No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s.”

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first, the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth’s comparatively heavy gravity, even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines one hundred feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England’s military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror, the narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance and how it’s clear that man is not being conquered so much as corralled.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aries | 2/20/2014

    " Un classico ancora splendidamente leggibile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brandon | 2/20/2014

    " Another classic read. It was a little slow and spent time on what felt like unnecessary minutia, but was still an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Whisper19 | 2/16/2014

    " I still don't like the "bacteria killed them" ending. but it is a good book :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emily | 2/9/2014

    " I had high hopes for this book, but it read like an academic report and I struggled to get past even the first 100 pages. "

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