Goodread Monday ~ The Day of the Triffids


Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page TurnersTo participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

The Day of the Triffids
By John Wyndham
Kindle Edition
Pages: 258
Genre: Science Fiction

(I have significantly shortened this blurb).
It may best serve our purposes to tell what triffids actually are. Triffids are odd, interesting little plants that grow in everyone’s garden. Triffids are no more than mere curiosities until an event occurs that alters human life: what seems to be a spectacular meteor shower, turns into a bizarre, green inferno that blinds everyone and thus renders humankind helpless. What follows is even stranger: spores from the inferno cause the triffids to suddenly take on a life of their own and they become large, crawling vegetation with the ability to uproot itself and roam about the country attacking humans and inflicting pain and agony.

William Masen somehow managed to escape being blinded in the inferno (yet he was still hospitalized, eyes bandaged following surgery), and he is now one of the few surviving human beings who can see and who can avoid being attacked by the triffids and who just might be able to save mankind from the terrible chaos as well as possible extinction.

While the word “Triffids” is vaguely familiar somewhere in the far recesses of my mind, I stumbled upon this on Kindle not too long ago. Needless to say, it was instantly added to the heap that I am inclined to refer to as my TBR 😉 Have you read this? Are you familiar with the author or his work?

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32 thoughts on “Goodread Monday ~ The Day of the Triffids

  1. The day of the triffids is a very famous book. If you consider when it was written, the fact that John Wyndham wrote about what was effectively biological warfare is astounding. The triffids are vicious plants that are potentially dangerous to humans right from the start. When the bulk of the human race is blinded, the triffids seize the opportunity to become the dominant species. This is only the tip of the iceberg with this story though. The real story is about how humans degenerate and frequently become desperate and evil when the proverbial chips are down. This story describes how some of the sighted humans become complete bullies towards their less fortunate peers. I have always felt that there are strong similarities between Stephen King’s The Stand and this book, although The Stand is a much more modern book.

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  2. Love Wyndham! Love the Triffids! In fact, this one is on my Classics Club list for a re-read. He’s written several goodies – Chocky and The Kraken Wakes are some of the other ones I love. I do hope you enjoy this one when you get to it! 😀


  3. I’ve always wanted to read this book! So many people have recommended it to me, but I just haven’t made time for it yet. So many books, so little time… ya know how the saying goes! Let me know how it goes when you decide to read it!

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