War of the Worlds starts with off as a normal day in Woking, England, but that night astronomers observe flares of light and energy on the surface of Mars. This continues every twenty four hours for ten days. Later on, the first of ten pods land nearby in the pine forest and the narrator is one of the first to see the cylindrical capsules. Out of these capsules five Martian tripods will arise, straining against the greater gravity of earth. These tripods send the narrator on the run across England only stopping to take refuge at night, to find his wife in Leatherhead. Upon his journey he is aided by a few survivors, the first of whom is the artilleryman. They set off together and travel a good distance, but are later separated by a Martian attack. The narrator escapes, but scalded by the water heated to near boiling by the Martian’s heat ray. While by himself he discovers the Martian’s new weapon of mass destruction, a capsule of toxic black smoke that runs across the ground with the likeness of a liquid. The narrator later finds himself taking refuge with a man called the Curate. While taking refuge a capsule lands on the house they were hiding in and part of the building collapses trapping them inside. Here, while trapped together, the narrator realizes he can’t stand the nearly mental Curate. While the whole time, all they know of the outside world is what they can see through a small crack in the wall that overlooks the newly formed Martian pit. Days later the narrator discovers how the Martians feed when they capture the Curate. The Martians feed by extracting the blood of humans and animals through a tube tipped with a syringe. Soon after the noise of Martian machinery stops and the narrator crawls out of the rubble of the house and finds the area completely deserted. After traveling some distance he reunites with the artillery man long enough to hear his grand plan for surviving the Martian controlled planet and scavenge for food and water. They part ways and the narrator now travels by himself. He soon discovers the Martians slowly dying all around him from terrestrial diseases. After finding out that Leatherhead was leveled by the Martian forces he returns home. However, by a complete miracle, his wife returns and is reunited with the narrator. All of England then proceeds to rebuild, and the narrator goes on to write about his entire experience of the Martian invasion.
There where numerous differences between the book and the movie. This was probably aided by the fact that the book was written in 1898 and the movie was filmed in 2005. The fist major difference is the setting it is set in Boston and not England. Another sizable difference is the fact the narrator is called Ray Ferrier and has kids, Rachel and Robbie Ferrier. The movie is actually so different from the book that it will be easiest to just write another summary on the movie. It starts with Ray getting off work at the the shipyard and him...