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This Is An Oral Report On The Novel "The Chrysalids" By John Whyndham. There Is A Plot, Setting And Character Description And An Overall Critique.

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And this year, the worst book of the year goes to ..... The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, for the 10th year in a row! (Look up) Various people have really enjoyed this novel, however, I despised it. At first, there weren't any events, action or even a plot. The author spent about 75%, and I mean 75%, of the book explaining the setting, the lies David, the main character, has to tell everyday to conceal his power and the ideas racing through his mind everyday. (Look up) I personally enjoy novels that have a lot more action then this one. I enjoyed reading novels such as Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. (Look up) These novels had plenty of action that keeps me interested. I had to force myself to stop reading. However, I had to force myself to continue reading The Chrysalids so that I would finish reading it in time for my book report.(Look up) The Chrysalids primarily takes place in a town called Waknuk, after World War 3. This town is constantly bombarded with tribulations sent from God to punish those who have sinned. However, these tribulations are just genetic mutations that were caused by a nuclear war. (Look up) This town is a very holy town. They worship god a lot, they have bible quotes on their walls as wall paper; imagine that, having bible quotes as wall paper! (Look up) ; and they are every careful about destroying tribulations. What if Tyson was born with a 6th toe on each foot or if Jackson was born with an extra eye, they would all have to be burned. (Sarcastically) This will be sooooooo sad wouldn't it? Crops and livestock will also have to be burned. Tribulations were very carefully burned because they wanted to keep everything according to "God's image". However, no one really knows what "God's image" is. They are only guessing by what they were confronted with. We don't even know what "God's image". For all we know, we could be genetic mutations and we don't even know about it. (Look Up)David has to hide his power from the norms because he doesn't want to be burned. The norms are the people that consider themselves normal to their understanding of "God's image". David has the power of telepathy. David, Rosalind, Petra, Michael, Katherine and Sally also have this magical power. Imagine being a telepath, you can send messages to people and they can send messages back. It's like having your own portable ICQ. However, you can't read brains or look through people's clothing. This group can all send...

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