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John Wyndham – The Day of the Triffids | Review

Title The Day of the Triffids

Author: John Wyndham

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 272

Rating 3.75/5



The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham is a sci-fi classic for a reason. The blurb calls it a tale of an ecological apocalypse, and that’s about right. In fact, as I was reading it, I could see how it had influenced basically every zombie survival movie ever made. The only difference is that the antagonists here are not the living dead but rather man-eating triffids, huge plants with venomous stings that have reduced society to just a husk of its former self.

I particularly liked the scenes towards the end which showed how the triffids learn. They’re like ants in that individually they show no intelligence but they have a sort of group intelligence which teaches them, for example, how to avoid some of the traps that the humans were setting to keep the perimeter of their settlement clear.

Then there are the very human stories that are told here, and the fact that everyone who observed a specific comet was turned blind. Our protagonist can see because he was in hospital at the time undergoing an operation, but sighted people become a vital resource for the survivors and it’s interesting to see how this affects the story line.

After all, like all good post-apocalyptic stories, the main threat is far from the only threat. There are other people to deal with, too. My only gripe was that it was occasionally slow, but I countered that by reading a bit at a time.



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John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas | Review

Title: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 216

Rating 2/5



I’d heard such good things about this book and it left me so disappointed. I just struggled to suspend my disbelief throughout, and it also felt as though the author was constantly trying to exploit the reader’s emotions. On the back, it implied that it was for adults, whereas I felt it was more like middle grade. And then you can see the ending coming from a mile away, as soon as Bruno discovers that he can tunnel beneath the fence and into Auschwitz.

Speaking of which, how was he able to spend so much time speaking to a Jewish kid? Where were the guards? Why didn’t the kid just climb under the fence and escape? How had a 9-year-old living in Berlin in 1942 never heard of Hitler? And if his father was high up enough for Hitler to be paying them house visits, why wasn’t Bruno in the Hitler Youth? And why, at the end, do the Nazis randomly gas an arbitrary group of Jews that happen to be standing together instead of specifically targeting the sick, the elderly and the unfit to work? Weird.



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