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The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel, published in 1898, written by H. G. Wells. It tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth, and the chaos that they cause. The plot has been related to alien invasion literature of the time. Since it was published, it has influenced much literature and other media, spawning several films, radio dramas, comic book adaptations, a television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors. Despite other alien invasion stories having been written previous to Wells' effort, The War of the Worlds is widely recognised as the first alien invasion story to gain popularity.

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Excellent, although parts were slightly over-nasty, in my opinion; but partly, he was purposefully trying to shock people when writing, so I can cope with that.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 14+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 13+

The book depicts an alien invasion, and includes quite a few deaths, and a few graphic descriptions.

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