I grew up listening to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, a musical adaptation of this story. I loved it - and still do; but this is so much better. I can hardly believe that I haven’t taken the time to read it before now.
It really is quite menacing as it is written as a personal account of the events and there is a lot more death and destruction than I was expecting, although I don’t know why – after all, any kind of invasion would surely cause a great deal of death and destruction.
It is also much subtler than I was expecting with so many points to make about scientific discoveries, the nature of warfare and the way that the defeated can help to make themselves into victims.