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Publisher's Note:  

H.G. Wells’ classic The Invisible Man is an artful combination of a psychological thriller and science fiction novel. A young scientist who discovers the secret of invisibility feels initial joy at his newfound freedoms and abilities, but quickly turns to despair when he realizes the many things he has sacrificed in the pursuit of science. While he struggles to create the formula that will restore his visibility and his connection to other people, murder and mayhem ensue.

 

The Invisible Man is a fascinating account of humanity’s obsession with science and the unforeseen consequences that arise from reckless experimentation. The novel has been captivating readers for well over a century, and it is sure to remain a timeless portrayal of the human desire to overcome the laws of nature and gain forbidden knowledge.



The Invisible Man

by H.G. Wells

Review Date:
01/05/2013

Recommended Age:
16+

Overall Rating:
*****

Profanity / Language Rating:
****

Violence / Gore Rating:
*****

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*

Overall Review:  

The Invisible Man is yet another H.G. Wells classic that manages to defy the effects of time.  An enthralling story with a bit of mystery to it, the reader will find themselves caught up in the tale of madness, science, and horror as the Invisible Man pursues his goals and terrorizes the countryside.  What struck me as interesting about the book is that while it is about the Invisible Man, it is told almost exclusively from the viewpoint of other characters, always leaving to question what the Invisible Man is doing or intends to do next.  In addition, H.G. Wells manages to point out a great number of aspects of being invisible that are often overlooked by contemporary authors including invisibility in their stories; he seems to have thought the subject out with great detail.  An excellent story!


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 7 religious exclamations; 8 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name; 5 anatomical terms.

 

Violence/Gore: One instance of cartoon violence; several characters are threatened; there are several fight scenes involving fists, axes, pokers, and firearms resulting in injury or death; one  scene with blood and gore; a few scenes that could be considered scary; several instances of destruction of property.

 

Sex/Nudity:  A character spends most of the book naked--however, he is invisible.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Scientific Ethics.

 



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Characters drink and smoke.



Reviewed By Jackson
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