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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction The Chrysalids

British writer John Wyndham published The Chrysalids in the year 1955. Some of his famous and most proclaimed work is The Outward Urge, Chocky and many more in the form of short stories, postwar novels which are best to read.

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Author: John Wyndham

Genre: Science Fiction                                             

Pages: 224

Good reads rating: 3.92 of 5

My Rating: 8 of 10

Published: 2008 (1st Printing Edition)

Publisher: NYRB Classics

Language: English

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Review and Summary of The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

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This novel is a science fiction story and based on lives in the post-apocalyptic world where people used to handle abnormalities whether it is mental or physical with some rituals. The people associated with farming or those who had agrarian backgrounds suffered from technological backwardness and other incidents taking place one by one to fill the gaps of the story.

The story revolves around his narrator name David Strorm who kept a secret from everyone else along with his cousin Rosalind and few more cousins. They used to talk to each other using telepathy. Their appearance easily showed them as mutants and a threat to humankind. So they kept their power to talk through telepathy a secret from the world, but David was kind enough to trust his Uncle Axel.

A change took place in David’s life when he met a girl named Sophie who has six toes. But the villain of the story is the narrator’s father who found about Sophie and wanted to terminate her. As he interrogated David to know about Sophie’s location, he gave him the information. But David’s father could not find Sophie or her family as they went to the Fringes.

Petra married an ungrateful man who only beat her up because of her powers, but one day she could not control her superpowers and had a blast by which many people became paralyzed. Subsequently, a witch hunt started to find Petra, David, and Rosalind.

But somehow David got captured and badly beaten by Spider. Then again, Sophie enters the story, but she became ungrateful and killed David. This makes Rosalind run, but his powers are nothing compared to Sophie. She captured him also and tried to kill him, but the troops arrive and they save the telepaths.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel The Chrysalids

The novel offers a sense of drama experienced in the whole story. The book focuses on the inhabitants of post-apocalyptic culture and presents detailed sciences approach concentrated on mutants, mostly. I rate this book an 8 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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