The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham The most enlightening point in this novel is when a small group of survivors are trying to figure out what to do next. Most of the population is blind and poisonous carnivore plants are roaming the earth. Someone rises and states that things could be a lot worse. Hasn't the Earth been on the brink of destruction since Hiroshima in 1945?

Now there's a decision. Would I rather walk around blind and get eaten by a plant or do the day-glo shuffle in a nuclear holocaust? Let me think...

Actually, this book really isn't about monster plants. The creatures are more of a set-up to explore the psychological and social turmoil of a culture on a precarious cliff with little hope of survival. It could have easily been about a nuclear war but considering that the author, and the rest of British and European culture, was still reeling from World War II, perhaps triffids were a safer and less traumatic alternative. Regardless, Wyndham does a very good job exploring the various reactions and options people make in times of extreme hardship. This is a good post-apocalyptic thriller that became very influential to the science fiction writers who followed. Three and a half stars.