Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Shape of Things to Come...Sadly Not

Below is a short review I did of H.G.Wells' 'The Shape of Things to Come'.
The more attentive amongst you will have deduced from the title of this blog entry that the review is not altogether positive.

It's with a heavy heart that I admit that I gave up on this book.
Although it's touted as a sci-fi work, it isn't really - instead, it's almost like a piece of non-fiction, a historical analysis, not of the past, but of a possible future...all of which would probably be very interesting if it was the current future...but it's not. Instead, it's a future envisioned in the 1930s and immediately undermined by the fact that it doesn't account for World War 2 which shaped so much of the second half of the 20th century and still has such a lasting impact on the 21st. And I'm afraid that although there may be a number of 'oh, he foresaw that, did he?' moments amidst the 400+ pages, that's not sufficient enticement for me to spend any more time on this book when there are so many other books out there still to be read.
Sorry, Mr Wells :(

Review on Goodreads