“trippy book”Connor wrote this review Monday, April 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didnt really enjoy this book. I, personally, dont think theres much to say about it.”Melissa R wrote this review Sunday, April 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I first read this in grade 9 and loved it. I remember people on my bus telling me how terrible it was as they saw me reading it. I read it a gain a few years ago and still thought it was great.”Steve wrote this review Friday, March 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've read John Wyndham's most famous book "The Day of the Triffids" and enjoyed that but had never heard of or read this one. I reckon it is possibly even better than Triffids. It definitely brought up a lot of interesting ideas and concepts.
I found the book at the family's holiday house and began reading it on a recent long weekend getaway. I was quickly hooked and read it within a few days (very quick for me).
Some reviewers are critical of the plot saying that Wyndham didn't need to give his characters telepathic abilities, that he already had a good basis for a story. I thought it added the necessary sci-fi element and brought up the idea that mutations need not be solely visible and how when a culture doesn't understand something it often tries to kill it.
Another criticism is that the ending was akin to a deus ex machina. Yes, it does seem a bit that way but the chase at the end was a good emotional rush. I thought the ending tied in well with the beginning. Yes, Wyndham had different options in terms of where to take the story and I think that is a hallmark of a great story in that there isn't just one single and obvious way for it to go. Yes, we expected the main characters to be saved but how was the unknown.”
“This story takes place in Waknuk, Labrador. The protagonist, David, grows up in a strict and religious family and environment. The people in his town are against mutants or anything that does not look normal. They think that anything that is or does not look normal is the creation of the devil. For example, over-sized horses. Anything that is recognized as a deviant or mutant will be destroyed. His parents are strong believers of god and hence, they take this very seriously. Little did they know that their own children, David and his sister are mutants and they have a very special power of their own; Telepathy. David soon discovers that there are a group of people who have telepathy powers as well. Aware of their own safety, they decide to run away.
This story teaches us that life is never fair. And people see things differently. ”
“The inhabitantsbelieve that in order to follow God's word and prevent another Tribulation, they need to preserve absolute normality among the surviving humans, plants and animals. Genetic invariance has been elevated to the highest religious principle, and humans with even minor mutations are considered "Blasphemies" and the handiwork of the Devil. Individuals not conforming to a strict physical norm are either killed or sterilized and banished to the Fringes, a lawless and untamed area still rife with animal and plant mutations.These are deemed by the government to be legitimate breeds either pre-existing or achieved through conventional breeding. The government's position is considered both cynical and heretical by the orthodox frontier community. Ten-year-old David Strorm, the son of Waknuk's zealous religious patriarch, has inexplicably vivid dreams of brightly lit cities and horseless carts that are at odds with his pre-industrial experience. Despite David's rigorous religious training, he befriends Sophie, a girl carefully concealing the fact that she has six toes on each foot. With the nonchalance of childhood David keeps her secret. The subsequent discovery of Sophie's mutation and her family's attempted flight causes David to wonder at the brutal persecution of human "Blasphemies" and the ritual culling of animal and plant "Deviations". David and a few others of his generation harbor their own invisible mutation: they have strong telepathic abilities. David begins to question why all who are different must be banished or killed.
As they mature, David and his fellow telepaths realize that their unusual mutation would be considered a "blasphemy" and they carefully conceal their abilities. That their mutation cannot be directly detected allows their unusual abilities to remain undiscovered for a time. Eventually some of the group are exposed and David, his half-cousin Rosalind and younger sister Petra flee to the Fringes. Through the unusually strong telepathic abilities of Petra they make contact with a more advanced society in distant "Sealand". David, Rosalind and Petra elude their would-be captors and are rescued by a Sealand expedition sent to discover the source of Petra's telepathic transmissions.”
Is is always important to be normal? Is is not okay to be different?
In this book , the people who are abnormal must be killed. Even a newborn child that has an extra hand, extra leg or something that normal humans does not have. They all believed that god has create humans the way they wanted, the humans that they did not expect to me were expected to be killed. This is from David's point of view. He met people who were abnormal , like Sophie , Michael , Rachel , Rosalind , Petra and Anne. David , Michael , Rachel , Rosalind and Petra could read thoughts of other people. Sophie had an extra toe. Her mother was devastated when she found out that Sophie was not normal. She tried to save her by asking her sister for help but she did not want to and called Sophie a thing. She disregarded her as a human. Sophie’s mother then tried running away to save Sophie. The story then goes on.”
“As seen on the cover of the book, there is six fingers on one hand. This book is telling about genetic mutation happening in a world called Waknuk. People who have 11 toes, or 3 eyes are sent out on a village called the fringes. It describes about how a boy, david, and a few of his friends came to find out that they have powers to read each others thoughts, and if they are found to do that, they would be banished form the village of Waknuk into the Fringes. There were many times when David was close enough form being found out about his powers. When a war broke out between this people and normal people, a woman saved their lives from danger and went to live with her.”Siti N wrote this review Tuesday, March 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Chrysalids written by John Wyndham is set in a long time after a nuclear war which was so devastating that cities were being utterly destroyed, plant and animal life mutated and nations were eradicated. Some of the fringe areas between the badlands and inhabited regions are home to people who have been banished as abominations. The Chrysalids is told from the point of view of David Strorm, a character whose father is a leading citizen of Waknuk and a stern advocate of ruthlessly stamping out all forms of members of his own family. David realizes that his friend Sophie is different, it's obvious because she has six toes, David also is different from the norm but his is less obvious. Together with a group of friends, they can send thought messages to each other. David is very careful to hide his gift because he lives in a society after a nuclear holocaust where an individual showing difference is being sterilized and sent to live in the fringes. The Chrysalids is a good book to read, and I strongly recommend to those who are patient.”SiWei WannaDunkLikeKobe wrote this review Friday, January 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No