Summary

The Chrysalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation.
Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction - unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes, that Wild Country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work.
David grows up ringed by admonitions: KEEP PURE THE STOCK OF THE LORD; WATCH THOU FOR THE MUTANT.
At first he does not question. Then, however, he realizes that he, too, is out of the ordinary, in possession of a power that could doom him to death or introduce him to a new, hitherto unimagined world of freedom.
The Chrysalids is a perfectly conceived and constructed work from the classic era of science fiction, a Voltairean philosophical tale that has as much resonance in our own day, when religious and scientific dogmatism are both on the march, as when it was written during the Cold War.
©2008 John Wyndham (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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By martin harrison on 05-09-17

classic

I have read this so many times but I think this is the best way to enjoy a great story

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gary B. on 18-09-18

Potent reflection on fundamentalism and difference

I read this book as a teenager - several times - and it really changed how I saw the world back then. I was an idealistic teen and quite fundamental in my thoughts. I am now in my fifties, changed somewhat (I hope) and I have re-visited this disturbing tale of the future. It packs a punch - maybe now more than then. Fundamentalists are everywhere, claiming their truths as the only truths. And even the saviours might be fundamentalist too. Powerful book - it's not very long but so worth your time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caleigh on 11-03-18

Good reading of great story

This is such a classic novel and I am glad the audiobook measured up. My husband had never read the book and found the audiobook very easy to follow.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tyson on 15-10-17

great listen

one of my favourite books ever. this was very well done. screw Flanders, screw Flanders.

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