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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
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Aug 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: horror, science-fiction

I really enjoyed this novel--much more than I expected to. Obviously, since this was made into a horror movie in the 1950s, it has been around for a while, but it felt completely fresh, and not dated at all.

It is a dystopia novel, about civilization in England after a mysterious meteor shower causes 95% of the population to lose their eyesight. Our main character is one of the few sighted people left, and the story is about how he recreates his life in the new society that arises out of this situation.

It actually raises some fairly complex moral issues, and it would have been interesting to see those taken a little farther--but that is just a quibble. All in all, I would definitely recommend this--don't be put off by its cheesy movie history.

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