REVIEW: The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham


“When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like a Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.”

How unnerved would you be to wake up in a hospital bed one day, after eye surgery, and hear nothing but silence? That is exactly the predicament Bill Masen wakes up to one Wednesday morning. As he tries to reacquaint himself with the world, he soon discovers that (a) nearly everyone has gone blind, and (b) man-eating plants are on the rampage.

I know, I know, the plot of this book sounds ridiculous. How can plants be scary? Well, welcome to the writing of John Wyndham. There is a reason why all TV and film adaptations of this book have failed; it is Wyndham’s sinister and unsettling writing style that can somehow make even the most ridiculous of ideas horrifying.

I am not normally the biggest fan of science fiction books, but this is by far one of the best books i’ve read. It is incredibly disturbing and you’ll find yourself very easily immersed. I would recommend it to even the most sceptical of readers.

Available, with free delivery worldwide, from The Book Depository.


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