The Chrysalids Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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The review of this Book prepared by JS

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
The review of this Book prepared by anonymous

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.
The review of this Book prepared by Neil Morey

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
The review of this Book prepared by Dominic Makin

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.
The review of this Book prepared by Andy Wixon

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Plot & Themes

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    -   Yes Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   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

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   can read emotions


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century    -   distant future Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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