The Massacre of Mankind

The Massacre of Mankind

Sequel to The War of the Worlds

Book - 2017 | First American edition.
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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 fourteen years since the Martian invasion. Humanity has moved on, always watching the skies but confident that we know how to defeat the alien menace. The Martians are vulnerable to Earth germs. The army is prepared. Our technology has taken great leaps forward, thanks to machinery looted from abandoned war-machines and capsules.

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 first incursion was merely a scouting mission, a precursor to the true attack--and that the Martians have learned from their defeat, adapted their methods, and now pose a greater threat than ever before.

He is right.

Thrust into the chaos of a new worldwide invasion, journalist Julie Elphinstone--sister in law to Walter Jenkins--struggles to survive the war, report on it, and plan a desperate effort that will be humanity's last chance at survival. Because the massacre of mankind has begun.

Echoing the style and form of the original while extrapolating from its events in ingenious, unexpected fashion again and again, The Massacre of Mankind is a labor of love from one of the genre's most praised talents--at once a truly fitting tribute to a classic and brainy, page-turning fun for any science-fiction fan.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524760120
Branch Call Number: FIC Baxte
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 25 cm


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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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