The Day of the Triffids Book Summary and Study Guide

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The book tells us of society destoyed. Green comets fly over earth, blinding eveyone who sees them. The hero, Bill, was in hospital at this time with his eyes bandaged, after he was attacked by a new breed of genetically modified, carniverous, seemingly intelligent plants called "Triffids".He discovers that almost everyone else is blind, and society quickly becomes a game of 'survival of the fittest'. Bill rescues another seeing woman called Josella. The couple fall in love, as they try to continue their lives in a world dominated by the triffids
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The review of this Book prepared by Victoria Conyers

Nobody knows where the triffids came from but they were found to be high in oil so were grown and farmed. One day however a meteor shower leaves the entire population of earth, except for a few isolated cases, completely blind. Now it is time for the triffids to take over. William Mansen had his eys bandaged after surgury so missed the blinding meteor shower. He roams the city helping out the blind until he meets Josella, a woman who also has kept her sight. Together they escape and venture out till they reach Shirning farm and set up a life for themselves there.
The review of this Book prepared by Neil Morey

The Earth passes through a cloud of 'comet debris' which blinds all but a handful of the population. The few who survive unscathed must struggle with their new situation, each other, and above all the triffids - mobile, lethal, genetically engineered plants.
The review of this Book prepared by Andy Wixon

Long before GM (genetically modified) crops hit the news, 'Triffids' were 'born'. Plants with the power to kill, Plants with the power to walk. When almost all of mankind are struck blind by a meteorite shower, the Triffids break bondage and take over. Classic sci-fi and perhaps must more relevant today than ever.
The review of this Book prepared by Christopher Moore

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 17.5%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 42.5%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 12.5%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 27.5% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   post environmental/nuclear disaster, fighting MadMax gangs If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the monster chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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