‘The Invisible Man” Student Reviews 2009

The following reviews by COHS students are on “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells.
Genre: Science Fiction Novel
Pages: 278
Reviewer: Jonathan P.

In the beginning of the story, a strange man all covered up showing no skin whatsoever, appears at The Coach and Horses, which is a small inn.  He never came out of his room and always was messing around with some chemicals he had.  At the same time a lot of strange things start happening with no criminal to be found, but it turns out that it was Griffin, who turned out to be a very smart medical student when, trying to become invisible, succeeded but somehow couldn’t turn back to being visible. So the whole time he is trying to find a cure for his mishap but getting more frustrated and dangerous as the days go by with no cure.  In almost no time at all there are violent doings and in the end, he found the cure but because of the navy stabbing him, he died and slowly his body became visible on the ground.

In my opinion of this book, it had everything a good book should have.  For one thing, it’s plot was very intriguing and had me hooked from the moment I saw the word invisible.  The author used so many figurative elements in the story that not for one second was I lost or confused with what was going on or what the setting looked like.  The book also had a very important theme that everybody struggles with and it was very comforting to see an author use that, for a sense that I have a deeper understanding that we are all human and do have a difficult time sometimes accepting the consequences that have been thrust upon us.  All around, this is a tremendously good book that I would recommend to a lot of people.

1. I think that the author’s purpose for writing this book was to show people that no matter how curious you get about something and no matter what the consequences are, that you have to deal with them, because even though he was extremely curious about trying to become invisible, he didn’t like the consequences of not being able to turn back.
2. The basic theme and thesis of the book is acting before thinking and denial of very unpleasant events that are consequences of your actions.
3. The way the author put the development of the thesis is that little by little, the “invisible man” kept on getting more and more frustrated with his mysterious experiments by not getting the outcome that he had planned.  From the beginning when the invisible man said, “Not a bit,” said the stranger. “Never broke the skin. Hurry up with those things,” when he was bitten by the dog, you could tell that he was getting very impatient and had lost his last nerve with him trying to find a cure.
4. The main issue that presented itself in the book is simply dealing with the consequences you made for yourself in your own doings and the way it is basically solved is when Griffin finally found the cure through all of the mishaps that happened.

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About Victoria Waddle

I'm a high school librarian, formerly an English teacher. I love to read and my mission is to connect people with the right books. To that end, I read widely--from the hi-lo for reluctant high school readers to the literary adult novel for the bibliophile.
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