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Where does the Chrysalids take place?

Last Updated: 27th May, 2020

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The Chrysalids is set in Waknuk in a time deep into the distant future. There has been some kind of apocalyptic event, known as the Tribulation, and it has left the people of Waknuk in a 19th century level of technology. Waknuk is in what today is Canda, in Labrador.

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Hereof, what happens in the Chrysalids?

In The Chrysalids, David lives in a post-apocalyptic world where all mental and physical abnormalities are ritualistically purged. After being outed as psychics, David and his friends flee to the Fringes. They're rescued by a team from Sealand.

Also, is Waknuk a town? On a map, Waknuk is actually the town of Wabush in south-western Labrador, next to Labrador City. It is a Christian civilization which arose in North America centuries after a nuclear holocaust (also known as "Tribulation"). The island of Newf is also civilized but knowledge of the rest of the world is vague.

Thereof, where was the Chrysalids published?

The Chrysalids (United States title: Re-Birth) is a science fiction novel by British writer John Wyndham, first published in 1955 by Michael Joseph.

The Chrysalids.

First edition hardback cover
Author John Wyndham
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Michael Joseph

Is there a sequel to the Chrysalids?

The Evolutionids - The Chrysalids book 2. With David safely tucked into Sealand, he must adjust to his new life.

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What happens at the end of the Chrysalids?

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Who are the main characters in the Chrysalids?

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Who is Michael in the Chrysalids?

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Where is Waknuk?

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Waknuk is in what today is Canda, in Labrador. Labrador is in the extreme eastern tip of Canada, near Newfoundland. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. The areas around Waknuk are known as the Fringes, where an uncivilized people who have been kicked out of Waknuk are living.

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Who is Rosalind in the Chrysalids?

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How many pages does the Chrysalids have?

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What does David dream about in the Chrysalids?

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How is the Chrysalids a dystopian novel?

Utopian and dystopian societies are featured quite prominently in the novel The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. The term utopia was first used in a book written in 1516 by a man named Thomas More. The Fringes, the mysterious lands between Waknuk and the Badlands are considered as very dystopic by the people of Waknuk.

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What are the differences between the livable areas the fringes and the Badlands?

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What is Waknuk in the Chrysalids?

Waknuk is a religious community that doesn't believe in individuality. Everything is has to basically be the same. Any differences or "deviations" are hateful in the sight of god. Animals with deviations are slaughtered because they don't fit the normal and are looked at as a creature made by the devil.