Title: The Chrysalids
Author: John Wyndham
Page Count/Review Word Count: 200
This book had some interesting stuff to say on the subject of religion, which I wasn’t quite expecting, and its central idea feels almost like the kind of thing that Stephen King comes up with. That, combined with Wyndham’s writing style and the classical feel that he brought to his work, meant that this book was a big hit, at least for me.
In it, Wyndham examines what it would look like if the world was brought to its knees by a genetic mutation that affected over half of the population. At the same time, people fear the deviations and look upon people who suffer from them as cursed by god. That’s where the religious aspect comes from.
All in all, then, this is definitely one that’s worth reading, and even though I’ve read quite a few of Wyndham’s books by this point, it left me wanting to pick up even more. The only downside is that I’ve already read most of his well-known works and so before long, I’m going to find myself working through his back catalogue. Sweet.