The Chrysalids, John Wyndham, 1955

Set in a future where strange events are changing mankind. Society has resisted these mutations, ostracizing people who have them…until some children are born with a mutation no one detects. Is man undergoing a new evolution? As implied in the book’s title, are they presently in the cocoon that a caterpillar enters to become a butterfly? Wyndham, the father of the “cozy catastrophy” subgenre, is best-known for The Chrysalids. Is it a classic that’s worth reading?

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8:45 Review (spoilers)

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3 Responses to The Chrysalids, John Wyndham, 1955

  1. John G. says:

    Wow, highest rated one so far. I haven’t read this one. Should the Group read it next year?

  2. Wendy Hynes says:

    I first read this book as a teenager. I now own three copies and usually re-read it every two years or so. I would love to see a movie.

    • heyglenns says:

      Thanks for your comment Wendy. I too like to flip through it now & then. I think a movie version would have to switch actors as the characters grew. Wyndham very clearly writes them at different stages of maturity throughout the book.

      I hope to throw 2 more podcast reviews up shortly – stay tuned!

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