Book Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles

With some time to kill over Christmas I wanted to read something small. My eye fell on this little thing and I sort of liked reading it. But there were much better reads this year.

Book Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells


Title & Author: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Genre: Science-Fiction, Adventure
Release Date: May 7 1895
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company


“I’ve had a most amazing time….”
So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth. There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.

I give The Time Machine by H.G. Wells three out of five stars. This not because the story is not interesting, but because the way the story has been written made me confused on who was actually the main character. Of course it has to be The Time Traveller, but it is told as if that person tells the story to our main character. Each time I picked the book back up and they went back to the room where the story is told, it confused me. Because both parts are written in the I perspective.

I would expect The Time Traveller to be a smart person, but he sometimes lacked a normal comprehension of the world and evolution of the human race.

The different creatures The Time Traveller meets are pretty interesting and original, but it was not something that kept me on reading this book.

The novel is worth being called a classic, but I would not read it again now that I have. I do like the end of the novel.

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For now, let books enrich your life!


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