Day Of The Triffids - John Wyndham A classic that doesn't really feel dated at all, even though I'm reading this more than 60 years after it was published. I remember loving John Wyndham's the Chrysalids from when I read it for class in high school, so I was quite looking forward to this.

In this book, an unnatural breed of aggressive plants called triffids take over the world after much of the population goes blind after witnessing a strange meteor shower. When it comes to sci-fi premises, I thought it was a very interesting way to bring about the apocalypse. This was great at emphasizing just how thin and fragile the veneer of civilization truly is, and what could happen when it erodes. Description of humanity's efforts to survive along with its propensity to rebuild or run savage brought to mind The Stand, another post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel I recently read. Day of the Triffids preceded it, of course, and I thought it was impressively written.