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The Chrysalids (Popular Penguins)


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The Chrysalids (Popular Penguins) by John Wyndham
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"Chillingly relevant"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

An older book that I read as a child of the 80s. The themes of extremism, mistrust of the “other” and the dangers of nuclear holocaust are as relevant – maybe even more so – than they were when this book was written. Ironically it hasn't dated at all.

"Classic futuristic story of society post nuclear devastation"
5 stars"
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A must read for young people

"Thought Provoking"
4 stars"
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An interesting and thought provoking story about humanities ‘rebirth’ several centuries after a global nuclear conflict. Wyndham tells a good tale, and if you like ‘Day of the Triffids’ then you will like this also. An interesting note is the prominent part New Zealand plays in this story. It's a fairly brutal and dark book, that also mocks man's views and interpretations of religion. Worth reading.


As David and Rosalind grow older it becomes more difficult to conceal the differences which would label them as mutants from the village elders. Soon they face a choice: wait for eventual discovery, or flee to the terrifying and mutable Badlands . . .

The Chrysalids is a post-nuclear apocalypse story of genetic mutation in a devastated world and explores the lengths the intolerant will go to to keep themselves pure.
Release date NZ
June 29th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Penguin Books Ltd
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