How effective is the ending of The Chrysalids by John Wyndham?

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wyndham's whole intention is to illustrate his belief that humanity must relinquish preconceived notions and look beyond their ideologies to find solutions to the problems of humanity and society and culture that he perceived as something that continually bubble up, so to speak, and that humanity has to find ever changing and creative ways of solving. With this in mind, the ending of the novel is precisely as effective as Wyndham wanted it to be in that he illustrated expansion beyond the confines of ideological thought and presented as the solution to a new set of cultural and social problems.