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So I read War of the Worlds.

I don’t know why I had never read it before. Sure, I didn’t have a hard copy, but I got my kindle a year ago. AND it’s been in my archives for 3 months now. For whatever reason, yesterday turned out to be the day I would read that book.
Basically, the story describes the attack of Martians on Earth for food, and their eventual destruction.
Some random observations:

1.) Earth, according to the author, is the south of England. Apparently, out of 10 missiles that the Martians sent, 6 of them are towards a patch of about 50 miles radius around London, and the remaining 4 a little North of it. Rather specific of the Martians, don’t ya think?

2.) The food which the Martians are after has to be humans. Obviously. He wouldn’t have written, and, more importantly, sold, the book if it had been any other animal.

3.) There are no bacteria on Mars. So what do they do with the dead bodies? Actually, here I’ll cut him some slack. The book is full of accurate and lucid scientific points. I don’t want to harp on the one inaccurate one. I don’t know if the importance of bacteria in evolution was known then.
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4.) He knows human characters REALLY well. The entire description of the reactions and movements of the people around London after the attack is so brutally realistic it’s creepy. No imaginary acts of heroism here. Even on the part of the hero. People are SCARED. Of course, there are a few sensible people. But, thankfully, no unreal gods in the face of calamity.

5.) He starts to describe his brother’s journey from London along with his own. Both are beautifully written, but in the weaving, we don’t really know what happens to the brother, other than he survives. Specifically, that brother is with two women, one of them sensible, beautiful and single, and I was getting ready for a really juicy romance, but the author reverted back to his own story and never completed his brother’s. Maybe there’s something wrong with my edition?

6.) The author’s own thoughts- the book is written in first person- during the entire attack are very genuine. Again, his honesty and relatability (is that even a word?) make such a fantastic scenario very real. You can almost feel that this Martian attack is an actual event in history rather than imaginary.

7.) The future he portrays, if the Martians are not destroyed, is absolutely possible. The one where humans will be domesticated and fed and raised like cattle for food. Wow. I got goosebumps again.

8.) The author thinks -and makes you think- about how the lower animals must feel about us. Because there is a danger of humans being exactly that- lower animals- to the Martians, we are forced to think about the animals we eat and what they must feel. In one chapter, he describes feeling like a rabbit must feel when it comes back to its burrow and finds it destroyed to make way for a building. It’s a very deep concept.

9.) The Martians are finally conquered by bacteria. Because there are no bacteria on Mars, the Martians are helpless against even the weakest bacteria on Earth. Bacteria succeed where massive guns have failed. Time to eat humble pie.
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10.) The Martians are basically a circulatory system, a huge brain, and eight tentacle-like hands. Nothing else. And they’re supposed to be more evolved than us. So we are supposed to evolve into them. Ew.

Overall, I enjoyed it immensely. I’m not really a big fan of science fiction, but this book touched me because of its real human elements and infallible logic. Even though we’re mostly sure now that there are no octopus-like creatures on Mars, there could be on other planets. And if they decide to attack Earth, I won’t be surprised if the human elements, at least, turn out to be exactly like the book.

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