The Massacre of Mankind


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

Publication Date: August 22, 2017 by Crown Publishing


My Thoughts:

The Massacre of Mankind is not a “bad” novel – I just wasn’t the right audience for it. It’s intended for those who want an authentic continuation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds in both writing style and plot. The story picks up where Wells’ left off and while I appreciated the female narrative, this read more like a war novel than sci-fi fiction and I started to feel as if I was drowning in the heavily detailed prose.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

2 thoughts on “The Massacre of Mankind

  1. Interested by your thoughts as I won a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway, although I haven’t got round to reading it yet. I really liked War of the Worlds and the idea of a continuation intrigues me, so it sounds like maybe I will enjoy this more than you did.


    1. If you really enjoyed War of the Worlds, I think you’ll really like this one! It’s a really interesting concept and the author clearly did his research to make it as authentic as possible, but I just wasn’t in the right mindset to enjoy it right now. I’m interested to hear what you think if you decide to pick it up!

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