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    Author: H.G. Wells

    Country: United Kingdom

    Language: English

    Genre: Classics / Science Fiction

    Published: 1898

    Origin: Project Gutenberg

    The story begins in an observatory in Ottershaw, when scientists note a series of mysterious explosions taking place on Mars. Some days later, the narrator who is on a walk on the Surrey Downs notices a weird cylindrical vehicle that suddenly opens to release a horde of hideous creatures who are later discovered to be Martians. The creatures are unable to breathe Earth’s air and swiftly return to their vehicle. A peace delegation of humans tries to make contact but they’re ruthlessly scorched to death by Martian heat-ray weapons. Thus begins the War of the Worlds. The British military swings into action, but their arms and ammunition are defenseless against sophisticated chemical weapons and heat-rays.

    Events race towards calamity as the nations of the earth unite to combat these fearful invaders to no avail. Survivors are reduced to scavenging for food with the cities of the world reduced to mere rubble. Can the human race survive? Will the narrator and his family escape destruction?

    Book One: The Coming of the Martians

    Chapter One The Eve of the War
    Chapter Two The Falling Star
    Chapter Three On Horsell Common
    Chapter Four The Cylinder Opens
    Chapter Five The Heat-Ray
    Chapter Six The Heat-Ray in the Chobham Road
    Chapter Seven How I Reached Home
    Chapter Eight Friday Night
    Chapter Nine The Fighting Begins
    Chapter Ten In the Storm
    Chapter Eleven At the Window
    Chapter Twelve What I Saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton
    Chapter Thirteen How I Fell in with the Curate
    Chapter Fourteen In London
    Chapter Fifteen What Had Happened in Surrey
    Chapter Sixteen The Exodus from London
    Chapter Seventeen The Thunder Child

    Book Two: The Earth Under the Martians

    Chapter One Under Foot
    Chapter Two What We Saw from the Ruined House
    Chapter Three The Days of Imprisonment
    Chapter Four The Death of the Curate
    Chapter Five The Stillness
    Chapter Six The Work of Fifteen Days
    Chapter Seven The Man on Putney Hill
    Chapter Eight Dead London
    Chapter Nine Wreckage
    Chapter Ten The Epilogue