Part Robinson Crusoe, part Brave New World, and part Frankenstein – H.G. Wells’ classic is a fun, engaging read. Wells weaves together a compelling plot full of adventure and suspense while delving into such things as the nature of humanity, the limits of a materialistic worldview, and bio ethics.
The plot follows English castaway Edward Prendick as he is stranded on the titular island and slowly discovers the horrific experimentations of it’s resident outcast/mad-scientist, Dr. Moreau.
It took me a while to get to this book, as I had seen the abysmal movie of the same name staring a pre-obese Val Kilmer and a very post-obese Marlon Brando.
That movie was so poorly done that I’ve had not desire to read the book until I heard it being brought up in a recent conversation about cloning, IVF, and bio engineering.
I’m glad I picked it up from the library. A quick, fun, read that can lead to some good contemplating on important issues.