by John Wyndham
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
Matthew's parents are worried. At eleven, he's much too old to have an imaginary friend, yet they find him talking to and arguing with a presence that even he admits is not physically there.
This presence - Chocky - causes Matthew to ask difficult questions and say startling things: he speaks of complex mathematics and mocks human progress.
Then, when Matthew does something incredible, it seems there is more than the imaginary about Chocky.
Which is when others become interested and ask questions of their own: who is Chocky? And what could it want with an eleven-year-old boy?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/03/2010
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780141191492
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Review by JediJane
I borrowed this from a friend because I had watched the ITV series on television when I was young and it had terrified me. The book was an altogether gentler affair, although I found it a window into society in the late 1960s as well as an interesting comment on the scant regard of humankind to properly manage their resources. It seems oddly prophetic but ultimately a good read and certainly not as scary as I remember the series being when I was only 7.