Sorry, forgot about this on the weekend and went to bed early Monday.>>64
Just read about 1/4 of The Time Machine and I've read The War of the Worlds before.
Both (authors) are in first person and very narrated which seems common for the time.
Burroughs writes more of a story and has stronger characters. Any sci-fi ideas are secondary to the story, basically it is more like Tolkien or Star Wars (fantasy). Any analogy to real society, if there is one, seems accidental, or maybe any story that's realistic about human nature can be analogized to society without the author trying.
With Wells it seems like the only reason for the story is to see "What if X…" What would humanity be like after millennia of evolution, what would happen if alien biological life invaded, etc.
Skimming over The First Men in the Moon, that looks a lot more similar, but so do The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man.