The Chrysalids was first published in 1955, almost a decade into the Cold War and 10 years after the bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, but it's still relatively early in a long lineage of post-nuclear-apocalyptic dystopian fiction. Although intolerance, mutation and evolution are critical to the plot and setting, this focuses more on character development in the protagonist David. You'll find many parallels in other journey stories like Watership Down and contemporary social commentaries like Lord Of The Flies (1954). The ending is conveniently conclusive but properly developed.

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