Books

Shadow Children series, Margaret Peterson Haddix
The setting to Haddix' novels is closely reminiscent to that of The Chrysalids' setting. It follows the aspect of a speculative future. In the novels, after a disastrous event known as "The Famine" caused by overpopulation, families are only legally allowed to produce two children. Children born after a second child are known as "Shadow Children" as they cannot be seen by anyone or they'll be taken away by the government. The series follows the story of a young as he tries to evade the govenment and set other Shadow Children free. I feel this is similar to The Chrysalids because it has a similar setting where the world is still reeling from a huge event and theres also this use of secret children. David had to keep Sophie a secret from everyone and she had to be cautious so her feet were never seen.

The Bible
The Bible has many connections because the comunity that they live in, and the people that live there, are all modeled after what the Bible describes. Both of these books describes places where people that are different are not accepted into 'civilized' communities, even David gets disapproving looks because he is left handed.

Cry To Heaven
Cry To Heaven uses the non-human idea as The Chrysalids. Boys would be sold into singing by their parents. They would be castrated and thus no longer being referred as human but as an "insufferable eunuch". This is similar to The Chrysalids. The children do not have a choice whether or not they are different but they are still referred to as abominations or deviations.

The Shining, Stephen King
In the Shining Danny, has a similar ability as David and his friends. Danny is able to comunicate with others who "shine". He is also able to see things that may happen, which is kind of different, but these 'visions' that he gets are very similar to Davids dreams of the city, except Danny's are more defined.

The Giver
The Chrysalids is another example of a utopian world where everything has to be perfect and anything that isn't the "norm" is either killed or sent off to the fringes.

A really close and good connection to this book is another book called The Giver written by Lowis Lowry. There is a boy about our age named Jonas and he is the "Receiver of Memory" this is much similar to David and the group. All the technology is gone from Jonas' town and now there is a man who has all of the memories of everything. Including all of the high-tech things we have today and he gives the to Jonas. This isn't exactly seeing visions like David does but its similar. The second big similarity is how they also do away with people who aren't normal or meet their standards. They don't send people to the fringes, but rather release them. The whole town is under the impression that when your released, it's a wonderful place, but Jonas is later given the memory of release. Release is a lethal injection that kills you instantly and painlessly. Much like David running away, Jonas decides the same, he does this because he has a baby brother born who doesn't meet their standards or in other words a "Blasphemy" so he rides off with his bicycle, food and the poor little boy that is to be killed. Unfortunately just like The Chrysalids, a lot of important characters die in the end because Jonas "broke the code" and it began to snow, very strongly and nobody could keep warm enough to survive so they all froze to death.

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