- Author H. G. Wells
Having devoured this very quickly and enjoyed almost every word of it, I can’t quite understand why I haven’t read it before. It’s short and fabulously well-written, and the tension can be felt from start to finish. I really liked the first half, with such attention to detail in the vast differences between those who had seen the Martians first hand, and the gradual spread of panic. The juxtaposition of those fleeing with those who were going about their daily life was brilliant.
The second half was good, although it all came to a rather quick conclusion. Thankfully, the ending made sense and was expertly done, so that you weren’t left feeling short-changed, but it did feel like the weight of the book was more towards the build-up than the aftermath. It did seem a bit unlikely that the two characters would find each other again at the end, but hey, there needed to be a bit of good news in there!
Overall, really enjoyed it, recommend it, and will no doubt read it again some day.