The War of the Worlds - a book review

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When I was 10 I watched the War of the Worlds directed by Steven Spielberg. I was so surprised when I realized that the movie did not reflect the book by Herbert George Wells at all.
Side note; the book was first published in 1898.

Reading, for the first few pages I waited for the appearance of the main character whom I thought at the time was modeled on by Tom Cruise. It turned out, however, that these stories and the characters are different from the very beginning of the novel.

! SPOILER ALERT!

In the book, the main character runs a first-person narrative and describes the Martians' invasion of Earth. The man tells what happened - we know from the first page that he survived, but we do not know what his reality looks like.

The book is quite short, but a lot is going on in it. The described events take place - the Martian invasion of Earth, the struggle for the survival of the main character and his brother, but also other characters - a military guy, a priest, two women with horses and a carriage.

The action is quick, the author puts the most important information for the reader in each sentence, even the description of individual situations or devices used by Martians contains many details that were very interesting to me.

As for the language and style of writing, I wouldn't say that the book has been written in 1898. The author had an extraordinary imagination. I have found this book more interesting than modern novels of this genre.

The only thread that disappointed me very much and will have a particularly strong impact on the book's rating is its ending. An extremely logical ending, which amazes me, because to such a well-thought-out story, add an ending, so logical, for me personally, it cannot exist. If you create a fantastic world, you have to keep the unrealistic ending.

Several million people are unfortunately killed by the Martians, but the Invaders themselves are killed because of… bacteria that live in the water and food on our planet. To which we as humans are used to, and the Martians, as a species that has not been subject to the process of evolution on Earth, has no immunity against these bacteria. Also, when aliens take our water and food, it is both their beginning and the end of their existence on Earth.

What I mean by this is that I think I expected a more fantastic ending for a fantasy novel.

Rational explanation why the Martians have died just doesn't make sense to me. ;D

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