The War of the Worlds (1898) by H.G. Wells

“This isn’t a war,” said the artilleryman. “It never was a war, any more than there’s war between man and ants.”

This is one of the original and most famous alien invasion stories. It is set in Victorian England just before the start of the twentieth century when Great Britain was at the height of its colonialist ambitions. The unnamed narrator tells his tale in the first person in prose which is crisp and eloquent.

His step-by-step chronicle of the invasion is fascinating and the scenes involving the invading Martians really stand out. These initial accounts of the emerging Martians are thrilling. I felt a sense of wonder at what the author was describing and got completely caught up in the story, turning page after page to discover what happened next. Continue reading