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"John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids anticipates and surpasses many of today’s dystopian thrillers….The Chrysalids explores intolerance and bigotry with satisfying complexity as it races toward an ending that is truly unpredictable." —The Seattle Times
"One of the most thoughtful post-apocalypse novels ever written. Wyndham was a true English visionary, a William Blake with a science doctorate." -- David Mitchell
"Sometimes you just need a bit of soft-core sci-fi, and Wyndham’s 1950’s classic, newly back in print, fully delivers." --Thicket Magazine
"It is quite simply a page-turner, maintaining suspense to the very end and vividly conjuring the circumstances of a crippled and menacing world, and of the fear and sense of betrayal that pervade it. The ending, a salvation of an extremely dubious sort, leaves the reader pondering how truly ephemeral our version of civilization is..." --The Boston Globe
“[Wyndham] was responsible for a series of eerily terrifying tales of destroyed civilisations; created several of the twentieth century's most imaginative monsters; and wrote a handful of novels that are rightly regarded as modern classics.” –The Observer (London)
“Science fiction always tells you more about the present than the future. John Wyndham's classroom favourite might be set in some desolate landscape still to come, but it is rooted in the concerns of the mid-1950s. Published in 1955, it's a novel driven by the twin anxieties of the cold war and the atomic bomb…Fifty years on, when our enemy has changed and our fear of nuclear catastrophe has subsided, his analysis of our tribal instinct is as pertinent as ever.” –The Guardian (London)
“[A]bsolutely and completely brilliant…The Chrysalids is a top-notch piece of sci-fi that should be enjoyed for generations yet to come.” –The Ottawa Citizen
“John Wyndham's novel The Chrysalids is a famous example of 1950s Cold War science fiction, but its portrait of a community driven to authoritarian madness by its overwhelming fear of difference - in this case, of genetic mutations in the aftermath of nuclear war - finds its echoes in every society.” –The Scotsman
“The Chrysalids comes heart-wrenchingly close to being John Wyndham's most powerful and profound work.” –SFReview.net
“Re-Birth (The Chrysalids) was one of the first science fiction novels I read as a youth, and several times tempted me to take a piggy census. Returning to it now, more than 30 years later, I find that I remember vast parts of it with perfect clarity…a book to kindle the joy of reading science fiction. –SciFi.com
“A remarkably tender story of a post-nuclear childhood…It has, of course, always seemed a classic to most of its three generations of readers...It has become part of a canon of good books.” –The Guardian, September 15, 2000
It has been 8 years since I last read this book as a grade 10 student.
Other books that present the "dis-topia" visions of the future such as "1984", "We", and "Brave New World" have avoided the label and are much better known.
The Chrysalids is a great read, well written and absorbing, a true classic in science fiction, and probably in fiction in general.
This was the book that opened a whole new world for me as a child and gave me a never ending appetite for the written word, and the power of the imagination, that has served me... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Daryll Williams
I love 'old-timey' books like this one, far from the over-polished or over-cooked youth dystopian fiction of today, Chrysalids is rough dirty, and more believable. Read morePublished 27 days ago by T. Edmund
Wyndham at his best, a group of children are forced to conceal their "gift" in a post-nuclear future in which all abnormalities are zealously policed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by beenthere
I've just reread this book, for the eighth or ninth time, probably.
This edition, New York Review Books Classics, is a good one, with only one small proofreading error... Read more
I love this book. I have read it many times. I wore out the paperback. I have it in a small plastic bag to keep it safe. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book. It kept me reading and i could see its influence on what came after. Shows how people use religion to justify whatever they want and how destructive it is to rule... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tanmaier