The Chrysalids is a science fictional book of suspense, irony and pathos. The six main characters in the novel are David Strorm, Joseph Strorm, Gordon Strorm, Petra Strorm, Rosalind, and Sealand woman. They have different situations and different opinions in the story which adds more suspense and keeps the reader interested right to the least page.
In this novel the differences between people are not physical but mental as well. The novel's narrator is a left-handed, brown haired man called David, one of the chrysalids. When he was small, he sometimes dreamed of a city that was different from Waknuk. David has the power to communicate with his mind and it is called thought-shapes. However, he is unable to communicate with everyone by using thought-shapes. He can only communicate with people who have telepathic power. On the other hand, he lives in a world where people think of themselves as normal and the Norms try to destroy those who are abnormal. He makes friends with Sophie, the mutant, when he was ten. He keeps her as a secret but is still afraid that her secret will be revealed one day. Nevertheless, she still goes out to the Fringe because Alan Ervin discovers Sophie has six toes and goes telling David's father and
At the end of the story, David, Rosalind and the people who have telepathic powers escape to the Fringe. He is supposed to inherit Waknuk but because he is a mutant, Joseph got it instead. Rosalind is Angus Morton's (David's Uncle) daughter. She is the youngest and most powerful chrysalid in the group. Everyone calls him Spiderman because he is 18 inches taller than anyone else and his arms are long and thin. Rosalind steals two mutant horses that his father brought and uses them to escape the Norms with David and Petra. On the way, Rosalind kills a man who is following the trail of the great horses and this distresses her. We can know that wars bring painful and misfortune to everyone. She is interested in Petra because Petra can project her thoughts farther then anyone else can. She is big-minded as she speaks to David and the others in a condescending manner as if they are stupid. There is a war between Joseph and Gordon at the end of the novel because Joseph wants to invade the Fringe community to catch David. She uses glistening threads, like cobwebs to kill everyone and everything except the chrysalids in the Fringe community. It shows that he is a cruel and heartless man. He dislikes his father and does not want to repeat his father's mistake, so he marries Emily Morton after his father's death. This makes the Waknuk people suspicious and the group begins to escape to the Fringe.