Note: This is a spoiler free review!
‘I had made myself the most complicated and the most hopeless trap that ever a man devised’
When a Victorian scientist propels himself in the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture – now weak and childishly afraid of the dark.
I’d first watched the movie of this and enjoyed it so I was very interested in reading the book. I thought it seemed really thing when I got it though! It’s also part of SF masterworks list, which I’m working my way through.
It’s told in first person and, in a way, where someone is relaying a story to you. Personally, I think it would have better in third person. The writing is clean and easy to understand. The description is very good and I was easily able to visualize everything.
The phrase, ‘Long story short’, came to mind while reading this. There is an overview of a plot here, but the book is nowhere near long enough to do it justice. This is a summary of a story. It leaves you wanting more and not in a good way. I liked what was there, I just wanted more of everything.
The characters just seem to be there for the story to be told. They don’t even have names which tells you how important they are. A shame because there was a great cast of them.
I think the potential sums things up nicely. It had potential. It’s well written which made it easy to read, (made even easier by how disappointingly short it is.) I liked the plot, I liked the characters, but there wasn’t enough of any of this.
I debated a long while which rating to give this, (2 or 3?), because, while I liked the idea, I didn’t enjoy it because there wasn’t much of it to enjoy. In the end, I gave it a 3, because while there’s not enough, it was written so far ahead of its time and I find that so amazing.
Was it worth the read? No
Would I re-read? No
Would I read this Author again? Yes
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