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The inhabitants of post-apocalypse Labrador have vague knowledge of the "Old People", a technologically advanced civilization they believe was destroyed when God sent "Tribulation" to the world to punish their forebears' sins. The inhabitants practise a form of fundamentalist Christianity; they believe that to follow God's word and prevent another Tribulation, they must preserve absolute normality among the surviving humans, plants and animals, and therefore practice eugenics. Humans with even minor mutations are considered blasphemies and either killed or sterilized and banished to the Fringes, a lawless and untamed area rife with animal and plant mutations, and suggested to be contaminated with radiation. Arguments occur over the keeping of a tailless cat or the possession of over-sized horses. These are deemed by the government to be legitimate breeds, either preexisting or achieved through conventional breeding. The government's position is considered both cynical and heretical by many of the orthodox frontier community, and it is suggested that they support the usage of these animals for the sole purpose of their greater efficiency.
The novel occurs in a dystopian culture embeded in the future after a nuclear holocaust. The inhabitants of the culture sign up for a fundamentalist religious beliefs concentrated on keeping all living things in their "pure" kind, knocking genetic anomalies.
David Storm's father doesn't approve of Angus Morton's unusually large horses, calling them blasphemies against nature.
Who is the protagonist in the Chrysalids? The narrator, who begins the book from his perspective as a child, and continues the story through his teenage years. He is part of a secret group who is able to communicate among each other telepathically.
The Chrysalids is a book that grasped me.