I may have told you this a few times already, but science fiction is not my thing. I’ve always been more of a fantasy fan, I prefer castles rather than spaceships and dragons instead of aliens. But at the beginning of this year, I decided to read something outside my comfort zone and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than with this great science fiction classic by H. G. Wells.
The War of the Worlds is a novel that transcended the written medium when the very famous radio program was recorded that plunged the United States into absolute chaos.
Today I am talking about this book. Here you have the video (only in Spanish) and below a short synopsis and my opinion.
For a time I believed that mankind had been swept out of existence, and that I stood there alone, the last man left alive.
From several space observatories there could be observed some curious cannon shots from the planet Mars. No one could say what kind of phenomenon this was until a series of cylinders with their Martian crew fell in the counties adjacent to London.
These beings did not come in peace and strove to destroy and subdue men until the conditions of planet Earth took their toll.
We follow the story from the point of view of the protagonist, who has managed to survive the invasion and tells us his terrifying experiences.
The adjective with which I can best describe this story is stressful. The amount of hardship that the protagonist has to live has no end and as you progress in the reading it seems that everything always goes from bad to worse.
I am not able to compare it with its adaptations because, for some reason, I have erased them from my mind. But I do highly recommend that you listen to the radio program.
I think it was a good way to get into the genre. It is a fairly short story that is accompanied by the original illustrations by Alvim Corrêa. Anyway, after reading it, I remain in my opinion that I prefer fantasy.