The classic! While the story doesn't fully explore all the issues it raises, by doing so, it gives you plenty to think about.
Sentient carnivorous plants... gotta love the concept.
I recall seeing a B-movie version of this novel many years ago. Based on the movie, I was thinking the novel would be a juvenile type 50's sci-fi thriller. I was very pleasantly surprised by the book! It is a very well-written novel dealing with life after a global catastrophe in which most of the world's inhabitants are blinded by a passing comet's meteor shower (although this may not be exactly the cause of the blindness). On top of the blinding, the earth is menaced by carnivorous genetically-engineered plants called Triffids. The book is concerned with how humans react to the catastrophe and their attempt to rebuild society. The novel reminded me a lot of H.G. Wells style and his novels such as War of the Worlds that also deals with global catastrophe. All in all, I thought this was a great read and would highly recommend it.
This is another great book from a very good English sci-fi author.
Triffids is about a plant species gone amuk in the midst of another disaster that has hit planet earth.
Useful to the economy, humans loose control of a large plant, smart and likes MEAT...any kind of MEAT.
Read the book to find out who wins!
This is the first John Wyndham book I have ever read and I really enjoyed it. The story wasn't what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised to find it scarier and more in the horror genre than Sci-Fi. Yes, there are giant walking plants that are trying to kill you, but besides that, the story seemed very realistic. The plants are only a part of the story, how people survived after everyone went blind is the driving force. Even the cause of the blindness is based in truth/reality opposed to a random act of god or some cosmic source, which in my experience tends to be the cause in a lot of Sci Fi stories. Overall the story reminded me of the movie "28 Days Later". Are plants or dead people ever going to walk the Earth and try to kill/eat us? No. But just like how "28 Days Later" made you feel that zombies could exist, "Day of the Triffids" does the same for carnivorous walking plants.
Bill wakes up in the hospital to discover that most of humanity has lost their eyesight due to a comet show the night before. Now he and the remaining sighted must struggle to survive on a post-apocalyptic planet that is also plagued by man-eating plants called triffids.
The concept and characterization of this tale are strong, but unfortunately, Wyndham never fully commits to one plot so the action is very uneven. The set-up is strong, but the ultimate tale is disappointing and leaves something to be desired.
Recommended to fans of kitschy scifi and horror, particularly of the 1950s variety.
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This was an excellent science fiction tale. Very well written and held my interest until the end. If you like science fiction you would definitely like this book. I look forward to reading more of Wydham's books.
This was not nearly as good as I had anticipated. It's billed as an exciting, even horrifying, tale, yet I felt none of that while reading. Rather, the story seemed to lack forward momentum, the premise contrived so as to allow Wyndam to pose questions about human nature in the face of trauma and disaster. Characters spend quite a bit of time talking and thinking about their situation, what it means, and who and how they should be. The writing is good but, knowing what I do now, I wouldn't choose to read it again.