This year for the A-Z challenge, I've been featuring an A-Z list of books taken from my GoodReads to-read shelf. Getting to "W", I'm finding it more and more difficult to choose between various amazing-sounding stories, but in the end I felt compelled to choose:
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own.” Thus begins one of the most terrifying and morally prescient science fiction novels ever penned. Beginning with a series of strange flashes in the distant night sky, the Martian attack initially causes little concern on Earth. Then the destruction erupts—ten massive aliens roam England and destroy with heat rays everything in their path. Very soon humankind finds itself on the brink of extinction. H. G. Wells raises questions of mortality, man’s place in nature, and the evil lurking in the technological future—questions that remain urgently relevant in the twenty-first century.
Why do I want to read it? Saw the more recent movie, and as an impressionable 17-year-old I first heard the awe-inspiring soundtrack. Now I feel I must read the book that started it all!