The Chrysalids

by John Wyndham

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Is "The Chrysalids" part of the curriculum in the United States, similar to The Giver?

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Well, I'm in the United States and I've read it! But I know that's not what you're talking about. I learned about it after a friend in England recommended Wyndham's more popular novel, The Day of the Triffids. It seems to me that Wyndham has much more of a UK following than a US one.

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Although I am not personally teaching it, I know that The Chrysalids is on the GT reading list of possible stories/novels for the high school curriculum.  I teach eighth grade, so I always try to pay attention to what is in store for my students.  The Chrysalids reminds me of a new young adult fiction novel out right now called The Whisper by Emma Clayton.  There is also a sequel called The Roar, and the two books deal with the same kind of content as The Chrysalids--a post-apocalypse Earth, mutants versus regular people, and telepathy.  Clayton's novels, in terms of themes and content, are much less intense than The Chrysalids.

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