The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds

By H.G. Wells

  • Release Date: 1992-07-24
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 348 Ratings


The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1898. It is the first-person narrative of the adventures of an unnamed protagonist and his brother in Surrey and London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon.

The War of the Worlds has two parts, Book One: The Coming of the Martians and Book Two: The Earth under the Martians. The narrator, a philosophically-inclined author, struggles to return to his wife while seeing the Martians lay waste to southern England. Book One also imparts the experience of his brother, also unnamed, who describes events in the capital and escapes the Martians by boarding a ship near Tillingham, on the Essex coast.


  • Not bad at all

    By Shifty_K
    Not the most consistent pace I have encountered in a book, but interesting enough, and the ending was fairly surprising.
  • Hold up after all this time.

    By Bug Muffin
    This book has been my list to read for a long time. Having finally committed to doing so, I’m glad that I did. The story is well written and structured. It holds up after all these decades and is a thought provoking idealism of what may will do when catastrophe occurs unexpectedly. It moves at a quick pace, and the parts that move more slowly are short and so it does not drag the story needlessly. I highly recommend this to anyone that has seen one of the numerous versions of this story on screen, and see what the adventure actually is.
  • First and Best

    By Ghost Warrior Jim
    The original and greatest alien invasion story. Period.
  • very nice book

    By milena5757
    very captivating
  • Nonononono

    By Soul Diamond
    Why..... i just finished the booooook. It was soo goooddd and its overrrrrrrr.
  • Cool

    By Humpist
    I love this book I've read it since I was twerky