An excellent work of science fiction by one of its founding fathers. Wells' vision of an alien invasion and the impotent human response is dark and troubling. There is no institution to which man can turn for salvation. The church is reduced to incoherent babbling, the military is outgunned, apathetic and lazy, and man is too self-interested to mount any type of effective response once he finds that his first lines of defense have failed him. It is only by an accident of evolution that man survives at all, and this is no guarantee of survival in the future. It is by no mere coincidence that the last word in the book is "death".
Of course I disagree with Mr. Wells' presuppositions, but his skill as an author and the force of his imagination ameliorate most of the faults in his reasoning.