My Favourite Book - The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
(Concours littraire lite: in English)

Peggy Chen 13 2012 Elite Camp E107

Have you ever wondered what it is like living in a very religious community? In The Chrysalids, a science-fiction novel, people had to live that way. This interesting book was written by John Wyndham, author of The Day of The Triffids. The Chrysalids was published by Penguin Books in 1955. The Chrysalids also became my favourite book because it was interesting and fun to read. I also learned a lot of lessons from this book for example the moral.

In a world in the future, people had to live religiously. If there was a little thing that was not normal of someone, they would not be considered as a human being. David, the main character, found out that he was not normal mentally. He could communicate with his friends, Rosalind, Petra, Michael, and others, with thought-shapes. If someone found out that they were not humans, David and his friends would be in great danger. David knows that he will be in great trouble because he had a friend, Sophie, that had an extra toe and so she had to leave Waknuk when someone found out about it. I thought this wasnt fair to some people because it wasnt there own fault that there is a mutation of some type.

After, someone realizes that they are not normal so David and his friend ran off to the Fringes, a very deviational place. There, David found Sophie. Petra, Davids youngest sister, has an incredible power with the thought-shapes so she communicated with people so far away that David and his friends cant even do. The Sealand people that Petra communicated came and rescued David and his friends.

In conclusion, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham is a story of a young boy who escapes because he is not normal. For years, everybody thought he was a normal boy but one day they find out and are shock. David decides to escape to freedom forever. I also learned a very important lesson: never judge a book by its cover and treat someone the way you want to be treated. For example, Sophie had an extra toe so everybody had to treat her differently. This book was very interesting and educated.