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Book Review: The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells

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The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells is another classic book by the famous English author, written in 1901. At the time the novel was ridiculed–however, it stood the test of time for over more than a century.

Mr. Bedford lost his fortune and goes to Ken to write a play. By chance he meeds Dr. Cavor, a brilliant scientist who is developing an anti-gravity material. Soon after Cavor manages to create such a material and suggests to go on an adventure to the moon with his new friend.

Cavor, motivated by science, and Bedford, motivated by money, embark on their journey to moon where they find a harsh world of freezing nights, hot days and not-so-friendly aliens. Worst of all, it seems that the two explorers are trapped forever.

The First Men in the Moon is a very imaginative book which, in the context of what we know now, is an amazing testament to Mr. Wells’ imagination, logic, and foresight. In this book objects float in space, weightlessness is applicable, humans are able to cover large distances on the moon due to low gravity and spaceships generate an immense amount of heat returning to earth.

The story also has several philosophical tones. The two main characters, Cavor and Bedford are at odds with one another throughout. Cavor, the man of science, is a pacifist who works for the benefit of mankind. Bedford, on the other hand, is not a very nice guy, however practical, who is looking at science for pure financial gain.

I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. The beginning was very slow and I actually only found the last part interesting where the emotional conflict becomes prominent. The moon dwellers, who are supposed to be the bad guys, aren’t very interesting, nor did I have any emotions vested in the adventures of our two protagonists.

The last chapter was the best. If you haven’t read the The First Men in the Moon–stop reading, as I’m going to give the ending away. Even though it seems that the chapter is disconnected from the rest of the book, I felt it gave the book the emotional punch it needed.

  • 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486414183

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