|Plot Summary of The Chrysalids|
|"In post-apocalypse Canada a religious dictatorship strives to eradicate all mutations, be they plant, animal, or human. But hidden within this society is a growing number of young telepaths, desperately trying to avoid discovery. "
Andy Wixon, Resident Scholar
|"post nuclear disaster- some people have mutated and have unusual powers like telepathy. mutation is very much frowned upon and people who are different are considered a threat and hunted down. some mutants discover a very powerful telepath and escape with her to an ally who is transmitting from far off and who recognise her extraordinary powers"
Dominic Makin, Resident Scholar
|"David realizes that his friend Sophie is different, it's obvious because she has six toes. David also is different from the norm but his is less obvious. He and a group of his friends can send thought messages to each other. David is careful to hide his gift because he lives in a society after a nuclear holocaust where an individual showing difference is sterilized and sent to live in the fringes. This becomes hard to hide when his sister is revealed as having the strongest mental powers of all and begins to draw attention to herself. She makes contact with people in Zealand. There is a land across the sea that is full of people like her and David but to get there they first must escape from their country and head off through the fringes."
Neil Morey, Resident Scholar
|"This is a story of a boy's flight from an oppressive regime. Considered a mutant by his own family, he is made to flee his home and strike out a new existence in a strange and unfriendly place"
anonymous, Resident Scholar
|"The narrator is a part of a society that condemns 'deviations' from the so-called 'Definition of Man'. The 'deviations' are either destroyed or banished to the Fringes. The narrator is a part of a group of teenagers who can communicate mentally with each other. They have to escape persecution by fleeing their homes."
JS, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Chrysalids|
Our unique search engine provides a wealth of detail about books by breaking them down into many different literary elements, all of which are searchable (click here).
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
Mental/magical powers focus
- telepath (scifi)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's a slave/repressed?
- discrim against people with mental powers
- a teen
If magical mental powers:
- mind reading
- can read emotions
- medium future 22-24th century
- distant future
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
Sex in book?
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
Use our site!
Search for your favorite town
Trade Links with Us!
Most recent discussions:
General Book Talk
Book writing discussion
Off-topic message board
Aline Countess of Romanones
Mark C. Ross
David R. Palmer
Graham D. Watson
More message boards
Our Chief Librarian