|Plot Summary of War of the Worlds|
|"H.G. Wells' classic novel The War of the Worlds is a far cry from the film or the radio broadcast (by Orson Wells) of the same name. In England at the turn of the century, the observation of bright fires on Mars over several nights sets off mild speculation until large metallic cylinders begin crashing down about the English countryside. The cylinders are found to have a lid at one end that unscrews once sufficiently cooled. The Martians appear and the killing starts. The Martians are weak and blob-like organisms under Earth's considerably higher gravitational pull. They are compensated by the oxygen rich atmosphere on Earth and the fact that they have large, nearly 100 foot tall tripod-like machines that move rapidly, shoot out a heat ray, and eject canisters of poisonous black smoke. In other words it is not much of a war, it is a rout and London and it's surrounding suburbs take quite a beating.
The narrative story follows the fate of two brothers respectively who scramble to make their way into, out of and around London during the 15 day siege. Wells expounds his negative views of the nature of man through the ranting of a cleric, a megalomaniac artilleryman, and various other unsavory characters who behave badly under duress. Eventually the bad Martians (and their rapidly growing red cactus-like plants that have hitched a ride too) succumb to everyday bacteria that humans through natural selection have grown immune to. This book is wordier and more philosophical than present day science fiction."
David Fletcher, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of War of the Worlds|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 50%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:
- fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens)
War or Invasion
Major kinds of combat:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
- Male Alien
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
- missing body parts/abilities
- 19th century
Takes place on Earth?
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a significant amount of technical jargon
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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