Posted: December 30, 2013 in Book Reviews


The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G Wells.

This is classic that many are familiar with or at least many know of. The book takes place on a tropical island in a undisclosed location on the pacific ocean. our main character Edward Prendick finds him self abandoned on this mysterious island after being kicked off a boat full of strange and unusual passengers and cargo full of wild animals.

He is welcome by the Islands only inhabitants the mysterious Dr Moreau and his assistant Montgomery. At first he is thankful for the welcome but soon comes to hear and see some strange things going on the island. The sound of animals being tortured. He soon runs from his room that he is given only to find himself  being hunted and ambushed by strange looking half man and half beast creatures on the island. Some welcome him into there group while others run wild. He is now living a nightmare he could of never imagined.

The beasts who previously had been effectively controlled  by a pre programmed law given them by Dr. Moreau soon start to revert back to their wild natures and shed the humanity that had been merged into them. They begin to hunt Dr Moreau, his assistance Montgomery and Mr Edward Prendick.

This is a classic for a reason. It is a  frightening and intense story. The description of the events and beast that hunt the characters in the book was I felt quite well done. I was drawn in from the start. At times felt sympathy for the creatures of Dr Moreau’s creation. You can’t help but have pity on them,  given the torture that was inflicted on them in there creation. Dr Moreau seems to have an almost God like complex in that he sees not wrong in what he is doing and has no capacity to feel any empathy for the cruelty he commits upon the helpless animals he turns into these beasts.

The book paints a vivid picture of scientific morals gone wrong. It poses the question of morals behind science and weather the pursuit of knowledge trumps the methods of acquiring said knowledge. It paints a nightmarish picture of what can go wrong when we throw morals out to achieve scientific knowledge.

This book I would say is now one of my favorite story’s and I would recommend it to anyone. It’s short and easy to read but enjoyable for the science fiction fan. The pace of the story flows well and keeps you interested in what is happening. Always wanting to know more I took every opportunity to read more of the tale of Dr. Moreau and his island of horrors. It also left me wondering about the fate of the beasts on this island. Who among them was the sole survivor of the man beasts? It’s a shame there was no sequel to this book as it is most certainly deserving of one.

I would give this book a 8/10 book worms over all

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