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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
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The Time Machine

by H.G. Wells

238 ratings, 55 reviews

H.G. Wells is like the Plato of science fiction, and The Time Machine might be his Republic. It's the first of his series of vastly influential books which include War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Dr. Moreau - the lot of which he wrote in ten years. If you add up all the "firsts" in these books it would be daunting, especially because we haven't gotten very far past time travel, alien invasion, mad scientists and genetic mutation in the sci-fi genre.

The Time Machine, written in 1895, is the novella that sparked the concept of time of travel and time machines, and there's been no looking back. An inventor living in Victorian England develops said machine and travels to the year 802,701 A.D.. There he finds two distinct races of beings: the Eloi, lithe, androgynous and child-like, they are the result of millennia of communistic living; and the Morlocks, the pale, apelike, underground dwelling creatures who are industrious and brutal. The Time Traveler's theory (which mirrors Wells' socialist tendencies) is that the two groups are the evolutionary ancestors of the leisure class and working classes. But after some run ins with the Morlocks he discovers an awful secret that will force him to revise his theories once again. Enjoy this timeless classic!

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Jay Spencer

August 10, 2014

I enjoyed the new world Wells created but the special treat for me was living in his age. His vocabulary was so special. I found myself looking up interesting new words on nearly every page. This was the work of a really talented writer and not just a good story teller


Austin Millick

July 07, 2014

The novel captures the essence of the mystery of time travel. Remember that the novel came out in 1898, if I remember correctly. It was way ahead of its time, and I would recommend this to anyone who likes time travel.


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April 28, 2014

Better tha the other books


Greg Cooke

February 21, 2014

Great book! I also love the movie adaptation.


Seth Sanders

February 04, 2014

Hey is this a kid book


Helen Warner

February 02, 2014

Wonderful book - you feel as if you are right there with the Time Traveller; sharing his experiences and adventures!


Lauren Coffey

January 30, 2014

this book wasnt very interesting


Nicolas Metri

January 23, 2014



Simon Cammish

January 09, 2014

Could not put it down


Samuel Spaethe

January 08, 2014

Beautifully written--I had to finish it!


Chelsea Bear

November 26, 2013

I have read this book and it's amazing I just love the Way u wrote h.g wells


Anshuman Dwarkanath

November 03, 2013

Gud book


Isaac Elkins

September 15, 2013

A tale that asks the question: "What will be the fate of mankind?" It approaches this question with time-travel. The protagonist, the time traveler, must struggle against an unknown world to find his time machine and get back home. This story is interesting and incorporates time-travel well. I recommend it to bookworms or anyone interested in science fiction.


Oscar Gabela

June 20, 2013

Is good


Ebony Watkins

March 07, 2013

Terrible class text !! Thats why i rate it five stars. Shout out to my class 7.01 they rock


John Smith

March 07, 2013

Hello. If anyone in 7.2 can read this then HULLO. From Evan.


Wane King

February 26, 2013

It was alright


JT Hardesty

February 26, 2013

Kinda slow in some parts but still good


Anna Smith

February 25, 2013

I enjoyed this book greatly i can most certainly see why it is called a classic


Volderben Doxleny

February 25, 2013

Good book not the only way it would be good if it was my b b balls


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February 25, 2013

Fucking cunt lick my dick i hate this book i am going to anail it. Fuck all


Bill Wright

February 25, 2013

Piece of crap so bad i wanna flush it down the dunny with my retarded sister


Joe Harington

February 25, 2013



Tyler Ormsby

January 31, 2013

I hated this book sorry but i didnt like it


Hannah Peterson

January 02, 2013

Only reason I'm giving it 3 instead of 4 is, because it can be a difficult read at times. I otherwise really liked it.


Zuzana Forrest

November 14, 2012

Excellent book! Good, thrilling read from start to finish.


Anna Beinke

November 14, 2012

Interesting and provocative read, beautifully written.


Jake Mroczenski

November 05, 2012

It is a good book


Brycee Behrends

October 07, 2012

Great book although the upper future world sounded alot like tetetubbie land. I really enjoyed it gives one alot to think about.


Nikunj Jain

October 07, 2012

Great read


russell Melby

October 06, 2012

i loved this book when i was a kid. I used to actually believe in time travel, and its benefits.


Jake Jackson

October 04, 2012

Cool, interesting book for people who like Sci-Fi


Kyle White

September 27, 2012

Any on iwant to ato talk to some one


Chris Warrington

September 15, 2012

A classic in every sense, beautifully written with a nascent flowing sense of politics that still resides with us now. Short and bittersweet, an excellent book.


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James Morris

July 22, 2012

Brilliant. would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading, time travel, adventure,story, practically anyone who enjoys anything to do with anything


Hannah Kilgore

July 12, 2012

Well written and entertaining. An easy read that still provides a level of challenge to the mind.


Rich Taylor

June 06, 2012

Excellent! A great read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


Shirley Huang

May 31, 2012

Very good. I can't believe it! Still good for a second grader.


Grehme Deane

April 28, 2012

Still as wonderful as I remember from 40 years ago


Estrella Salgado

April 26, 2012

H. G. Wells is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He writes great plots that will keep you hooked. The Time Machine is a wonderful book that explores different worlds. It is really fascinating to see the way that the human race separated. Love it!


Mark Gallina

April 18, 2012

All the memories of childhood and still a great read


Olivia Brochu

April 14, 2012



E.J. Taylor

March 26, 2012

Read the real book, not the ebook, but I love this book sooo much, h.g. Wells is my favorite author


Venus Hamlett

February 27, 2012

Excellent story that left me on the edge of my seat!


Mike Wilson

February 22, 2012

Fun read! Takes you back to a child like imagination discovering things for the first time.


Ezekiel Miera

January 29, 2012

Great book


Robert Holmes

January 19, 2012

Awesome book but the ending could have been better...


Olivia Winn

January 07, 2012

This was soooo good!! If you love classic sci-fi (like 1984 by George Orwell) then u will love this! It's 10 times better than the movie and the movie was great as it is!!


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December 05, 2011

such a great book cant wait to read more like it!


Rick Terrio

October 29, 2011

A book I regrettably eluded for far to long.


Tieson Wooten

October 23, 2011

A great read! Love it more every time I read it.


Ed Jasko

October 14, 2011

Classic and "timeless"!


Kevin O'Reilly

July 18, 2011

Great read. Should have read it years ago!