I didn't find The Time Machine to be as engaging as War of the Worlds. I suspect part of its enduring popularity remains in the concept of the time machine itself, a term apparently originating in this novella.
I would have loved to see greater depth and insight into the descendants of humanity. Wells’s speculation regarding the future possibility of man is interesting , but when the Time Traveller writes off the inhabitants of Earth more than 800,000 years in the future as being simple and unintelligent, I wondered if he would have still found that to be the case had he stuck around long enough to make more than a cursory examination. As this is a Wells novel, however, just when the protagonist faces his largest challenge, things are neatly resolved and the Time Traveller finds himself back in his own time without a fight.
Fortunately The Time Machine is a well-paced story and makes for a quick read. It is definitely worth a rainy day afternoon if you’re able to overlook the easy ending.
Genre: Science Fiction