I really enjoyed reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, a novella about a quirky, headstrong time traveler who defies expectations and ends up getting himself into a gigantic mess of trouble. He involves himself in the year 802, 701 with a group called the Eloi, fragile and beautiful creatures who live on the surface of the Earth. Below the ground, though, lie the Morlocks. The almost albino-looking inhabitants of the underground world who climb up to the surface to hunt for the Eloi after dark and eat them once they’re safely below ground again. This novella focuses on the triumphs and tribulations of the time traveler as he tries to associate and familiarize himself with this new world. One of his most important challenges he faces is when he discovers an Eloi drowning in a river. None of the other Eloi rush to save her because the current is too strong for them to go after her, so the time traveler takes it upon himself to save her from her imminent doom. The two quickly become very close friends and spend the majority of the novella accompanying each other through many other adventures. In my opinion, this is a short book that’s great for both teenagers and adults. It really captivates the potential for a rather morbid future should mankind decide to, more or less, destroy itself. But at least we have the quote from the end of the Epilogue that provides a glimmer of hope, “…when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man”.