Let me start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It was an interesting take on alien invasions.
You couldn't write this book, as it was published, today. All the evidence that refutes Zellaby's belief that the Children may be the 'missing link' scientists have been looking for in human evolution was found (or confirmed as part of our ancestry) after this was written - homo sapiens idaltu, homo erectus, and homo habilis etc. - completely negating all his theorising. Plus the fear that the Soviet Union was somehow behind it all seems funny and a bit irrational to today's reader. I can see why John Carpenter had to change the story so much to fit into 1995's mindset and eliminate the no longer true facts.
I agreed with the way the cold hearted ones are the ones being shown as those with more sense. They might be advocating a horrible solution that causes the loss of human life, but the sooner they make the choice the smaller the loss of life. If the Children were allowed to become Adults imagine the damage they could do, then imagine what their progeny could do. I own a copy of The Day of the Triffids and look forward to reading it at 'some point in the future'.
English sci-fi author John Wyndham (he also wrote "Day of the Triffids") took fantastic situations and wrote about them in a realistic way, much like his predecessor H.G. Wells. I'm not sure why he's not better known, as his books are unusually intelligent, provocative and well-written. This was the basis for the film "Village of the Damned," in which a bunch of alien children take over a town. The book is less a thriller and more a speculative novel about how people would actually react to such a scenario. And "Midwich Cuckoos" is an awesome title.
This is a great science fiction book based in the Cold War time, and it has a really deep and witty sense about the dialogue and text - something I loved very much. I would not recommend this book for people who are not accustomed to the 20th century British customs and language, but it was a great story filled with loyalty, humanity, the will to survive at all costs, and doing what is right even though it seems wrong. Midwich Cuckoos raises the question - What would happen if a species smarter than humans invaded earth and posed a threat to our species? I give this book five stars - IT DESERVES IT
A well built story from beginning to end. Classic science fiction.
This book is the basis for the film "Village Of The Damned".
Eerie, but a little show moving.
Intriguing, relevant; written in an enjoyable style. On the 1001 Books Must Read Before You Die list.
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