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Without knowing it would do so, this novel serves pretty well as foreshadowing for our current potential for genetic monstrosities. It’s also a sharp commentary against science for science’s sake and the role of morality in scientific research. If you can let go of the fact that it could never happen and immerse yourself in the straightforward prose, it’s a gripping tale and I was pretty shocked at how affecting it was. I felt revulsion and real tension as I read about Moreau’s experiments and Pendick’s pursuit through the nighttime jungle by the islands grisly inhabitants. I was thrilled in more way than one; by the writing and the story and that it could be so damn compelling and exciting. I didn’t expect that for a 100+ year old novel. If you can overlook the fact that there’s no way in hell those creatures would be possible and some of the other signs of its time it’s a pretty terrific story. Mysterious, creepy and with an ending and general circumstances that don’t give you all the answers. 

Review: The Island of Dr. Moreau

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

Interesting and a decent read as Wells always is. I think, however, the novel failed to instill the fear in me that the author was aiming for, though it may have done so 40 or 50 years ago. Read full review

Review: The Island of Dr. Moreau

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Part Robinson Crusoe, part Brave New World, and part Frankenstein - HG Wells' classic is a fun, engaging read. Wells weaves together a compelling plot full of adventure and suspense while delving into ... Read full review

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