The Massacre of Mankind

The Massacre of Mankind

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"A sequel to the H.G. Wells classic THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, brilliantly realized by award-winning SF author and Wells expert Stephen Baxter It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat. He is right. Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist - sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins - must survive, escape and report on the war. The Massacre of Mankind has begun"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Crown, ©2017
ISBN: 9781524760120
Characteristics: 486 pages ;,25 cm.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 06, 2019

First off, The Massacre of Mankind is the sequel to The War of the Worlds by H.G Wells, so if you are going to read this book you should probably read that first . The narrator of this story is Julie Elphinstone, Walter Jenkins' former sister-in-law (Jenkins is the narrator in the War of the Worlds). 14 years after the first Martian war, the Martians land in England again but it has not been taken by surprise this time. England quickly mobilizes its forces, but the Martians have changed their tactics. The book is pretty riveting and describes the resistance by the Army, plus the desolation of England during the war pretty well. I particularly like the description of the engineering marvels the army uses against the Martians. The book however, constantly is bringing in historical figures which is kind of annoying. Also, later in the book the author describes the Martian war all over the world which introduces a bunch of new and unimportant characters and is fairly boring. The ending of the book also feels quite anti-climactic. I would recommend this book to readers of War of the Worlds, and people who enjoy alien science fiction. 3/5. @mittopic of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Ichijo
Sep 11, 2017

An excellent book but absolutely not for everyone. Baxter maintains the same writing style and prose that Wells utilized in the first book and picks up a mere thirteen years from the original Martian invasion - which based on a general consensus was most likely set on or around 1907. However, if you've never read the original book this is absolutely not going to make sense - especially if you've only seen the film adaptations. Not only for the writing style but also because of how much this book requires having read the original to make sense - Baxter even goes so far as to continue to use the same science that was prevalent when Wells first wrote the book, the rapidly cooling sun, Martian canals and Venus as a wet jungle world.

Even though the book starts in 1920 it does not follow the same path as ours after England got exsanguinated. England is now a largely totalitarian/fascist society, the Schlieffen War in Europe has left Germany in control of the west but bogged down in an ongoing war with Russia.

With each opposition the world, and especially England, watches for the tell-tale firing of the launchers on Mars - as the original invasion was a mere scouting party and the main force is inevitable.

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