The Time Machine is one of the most classic science fiction books ever written. It was first published in 1895. The basic plot of the story is as follows: A scientist creates a time machine for going back and forth through time. He invites some people over to tell them about the machine. He first travels to almost a million years into the future, where he discovers two separate peoples. One of them, the Eloi, is surface-dwelling and largely useless people. The second people are the Morlocks, and they live under the ground and actually do all of the work. The time traveler then discovers that the Morlocks stole his machine so that he cannot get back. The rest of the book talks about how he gets the machine back and one further adventure to 30 million years into the future.
This book is innovative, but like most books from the period, rather dull. Most of the book is narrated from the first person, which instead of having excitement, reads like a really long lecture. But if you can get past the dullness of the text, the story itself is actually interesting. The main point of the story seems somewhat political in nature, due to the highly divided class of futuristic people.
Overall, this book is well-written and interesting. I give it three out of five stars.