Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: The Massacre of Mankind - Stephen Baxter

Title: The Massacre of Mankind
Author: Stephen Baxter
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 3 stars
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.

The Massacre of Mankind, by Stephen Baxter, is a sequel to H.G. Wells classic The War of the Worlds.  While I didn't find The Massacre of Mankind to be as excellent as The War of the Worlds, I thought it was a decent attempt at a followup. It was a medium book - not one I'd read again, but worth it once through at least. 

The story comes from the POV of Walter's sister in law, Julie Elphinstone (not Julia, just Julie.)  She is a journalist and covers the attack on earth. 

While the characters were moderately well-written, they weren't well written enough for me to feel like I really cared about them or what happened to them.  I didn't feel a major connection with them like I would have liked. 

The story started out slow and took a while to pick up. Once it did, things moved a bit better, and I actually wanted to find out what happened.  Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to really make me care about the story or what happened in the end. 

Overall, this was a mediocre attempt at a sequel to what is truly an excellent sci-fi book.  However, you may find that reading other books is more worth your time.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program.

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