6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant under-rated novel.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Chrysalids (Mass Market Paperback)
This is perhaps one of John Wyndham's better, if not largely ignored, works. Wyndham was seen as the next 'H.G Wells' of the 50's and 60's. The utopia of 'The Chrysalids' is set many years following a nuclear catastrophe, in a reformed society based upon the rule that mutants are evil abominations. The unaffected humans are constantly at war with these outcasts. However, one young boy inadvertently puts himself on a path of fear, excitement,and danger - when he discovers a strange deviant trait of his own! Rebellion is in the air when he meets others like him... I first read this fantastic novel at school, then realised John Wyndham was the man responsible for 'Day of the Triffids' (film), 'Chocky' (adapted to Childrens television in the 80's), and the 'Midwich Cuckoos' (film aka 'Village of the Damned'). Many of his shorter stories bear time-travel, aftermaths of disasters, and supernatural qualities such as aliens and telepathy. But 'The Chrysalids', unlike his other works, hasn't been given enough recognition screenwise. I'd love to see a TV series based on this excellent, imaginative story. Also, I'd recommend his last novel 'Web' - I recently bought from this store - that was discovered ten years after his death in 1969.