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The Chrysalids

by John Wyndham

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In the community of Waknut, it is believed that mutants are the products of the Devil and must be stamped out. When David befriends a girl with a slight abnormality, he begins to understand the nature of fear and oppression. When he develops his own deviation, he must learn to conceal his secret.
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I was surprised at how interested I became as I read this. A very believable world, with believable characters. I enjoyed it. ( )
  Michael_J | Jun 2, 2022 |
This is Wyndham's third sci-fi novel from the 1950s, and it's a considerable step up from the earlier two books. All three share a dystopian view of the future, but this one excels in the story telling. The other two were unpolished and lacking some spark - like watching a black-and-white movie, while this one is compelling reading.
The scenario and plot are simple, but the writing grips the reader - the characters develop through the book, and I found myself willing them along as the book progressed. ( )
  mbmackay | Feb 6, 2022 |
1000 years after a nuclear apocalypse, some children have psychic powers.

3/4 (Good).

It's short and engaging, set in an interesting world. It doesn't have much in the way of surprises beyond the early world-building - especially the ending, which very much just wraps everything up because it's time for the book to be over.

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  comfypants | Jan 22, 2022 |
Wyndham is a wonderful story teller, and this is another of his gifts to us. Humanity is getting a bit much these days. The idea that change is the only constant does make sense, as does the idea that to survive we must evolve. Given that this was written almost 70 years ago, it feels very modern, so little have we progressed. A pity. ( )
  TomMcGreevy | Dec 28, 2021 |
This post-apocalyptic novel has really good pacing, telling a nightmarish story in a lighter way than I would have thought possible. Also, as a Canadian, I was tickled pink that the story took place in Labrador. Was definitely trying to guess how the places they talked about mapped onto present-day place names.

This book was a possible choice for students in Grade 9 where I went to high school, and I can see this being a good book for that age group to study. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Dec 19, 2021 |
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Wyndham lumbers his characters with some verbose, pompous speeches about human nature, but his points are still interesting and as relevant today as when he wrote the book in 1955. It's also a ripping adventure.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wyndham, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, M. JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herring, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leger, PatrickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lord, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powell, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Priest, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When I was quite small I would sometimes dream of a city -- which was strange because it began before I even knew what a city was.
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There was the power of gods in the hands of children, we know: but were they MAD children, all of them quite mad?
The essential quality of life is living; the essential quality of living is change; change is evolution: and we are part of it.
No one would dream of mentioning [childbirth] openly until the inspector should have called to issue his certificate that it was a human baby in the true image. Should it unhappily turn out to violate the image and thus be ineligible for a certificate, everyone would continue to be unaware of it, and the whole regrettable incident would be deemed not to have occurred.
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In the community of Waknut, it is believed that mutants are the products of the Devil and must be stamped out. When David befriends a girl with a slight abnormality, he begins to understand the nature of fear and oppression. When he develops his own deviation, he must learn to conceal his secret.

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In the community of Waknuk it is believed mutants are the products of the Devil and must be stamped out. When David befriends a girl with a slight abnormality, he begins to understand the nature of fear and oppression. When he develops his own deviation, he must learn to conceal his secret.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141181478, 0141032979, 0141045434

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