The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Thrilling, exciting, and terrifying by its potential realness, John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids is a classic post-apocalyptic book about the consequences of human deeds. Although it’s been about a week since I’ve finished it, I still have nightmares where I’m being chased by a triffid. This book is horrifying in the sense that it all seems so plausible, that all things in the plot could actually happen. I have caught myself many times hatching a plan to protect myself from the bright green flashes of the comets. The Day of the Triffids is really a masterpiece of sci-fi.

When Bill Masen first wakes up blindfolded, waiting for his eye treatment, in a hospital, he doesn’t realize the irony of his situation. Because the night before, green comets came flashing across the sky, and everyone who saw them is now blind. And now Bill must fight the delirious blind people and the triffids, a horrid carnivorous plant, to survive. But will he be able to? Read to find out!

As I said, this book is amazing in its constant terror and reality. I totally give it 9.5 stars because, although it is not the type of book I enjoy, it is written really well. I recommend it for ages 15+ because I’m now 14 and can’t handle it, so those younger than me probably won’t be able to either. It is definitely a must read.

K

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