Monday, November 15, 2010

"The Chrysalids" by John Wyndham (1955) - REVIEW

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"The B.B. Weekly Review"

Review: "The Chrysalids" by John Wyndham brings to light the ridiculous importance that humans put on conforming to the 'norm.' 'Think pictures' and 'thought-shapes' enable a small group of individuals to communicate using only thought in a backwards world that is desperately trying to eliminate anything that deviates from the 'norm.' The book follows the life of a young boy who hides his mind powers in order to fit in to a world of harsh judgement and cruel treatment. He finds others like himself and the story unfolds to show that there are many people who simply do not fit into the perfect mold that their society demands. This work of 'Logical Fantasÿ' is brilliantly crafted.
It is a very eye opening and thought provoking book, especially with regards to the importance that humans put on trivial defects. My husband and I read this book together and both thoroughly enjoyed it!

My Rating: 5/5

Have you read "The Chrysalids" by John Wyndham? I would love to know what you thought!
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Happy Reading!


  1. I read this in high school, having not read much sci-fi prior to this, and most of my classmates didn't understand it at all. I found it "just okay" at the time (I have a short review here). Maybe I should re-read it...Thanks for your review :)

  2. I can tell whose kid you are . . . I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. Like the last comment said, people often read it as part of the school curriculum. But that doesn't take away from the profound and thought provoking impact!


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