The Day of the Triffids

13 February 2005

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Penguin Books, London.

I picked up a copy of this book and began to read at Nostromo Books in Grey Lynn(now Lord Jim’s Books on Surrey Crescent). It had that familiar theme ‘humankind has been almost completely obliterated, except for a random group of individuals struggling to survive’. The writer of the zombie flick 28 Days Later has most certainly pinched the beginning for the film from Wyndham’s classic, not to mention borrowing snippets from the rest of the plot in The Day of the Triffids and Wyndhams’ The Kraken Wakes.

This is an exciting read that I was unable to put down over the course of a weekend, and is probably more timely than I initially imagined. Isolated groups of humans survive a mysterious global disaster, as London’s city structure and amenities begin to crumble, it becomes apparent not only must they rebuild and form stable communities of strangers, they are also under threat from killer plants – a strange engineered creation by human scientists trying to find a new source for quality oil.

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