SciFi Book Review: Martian War

Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson

What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H. G. Wells’s vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning? From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with Wells and his companions.

H. G. Wells and his girlfriend Jane embark on an adventure straight out of a classic scifi adventure, perfect inspiration for one of his stories. The first Martians have crashed to Earth, and Dr. Moreau and Percival Lowell are there to document and study the alien creatures. But the aliens herald a coming invasion that H.G. Wells himself must find a way to stop.

Anderson’s reimaging of the War of the Worlds story, gives readers a look at what might (or should) have happened in Wells’ life to inspire his science fiction tales. My favorite parts were following along in Dr. Moreau’s journal and learning more about his captured Martian. Not only does Anderson’s writing style read similar to classic Wells, but the out-of-this-world adventure feels like classic science fiction. It’s exciting, fun, and irresistible. As a fan of H.G. Wells and Anderson, this was a win.

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