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!Download Book ♊ The White Mountains ☪ Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants Touch Not the Cat who capture mature human beings and make them docile The Charmer’s Box obedient servants Tripods are cool, imagine these fearsome engines stomping around your neighborhood They are not very practical though are they Three legs don t seem to be a very stable locomotive arrangement The aliens came from light years away can they not spring for some aircrafts or something on wheels At least double the number of legs for God s sake When I first heard of this series I thought it was some kind of unofficial sequel to Wells awesome classic The War of the Worlds Well, now I know it is Tripods are cool, imagine these fearsome engines stomping around your neighborhood They are not very practical though are they Three legs don t seem to be a very stable locomotive arrangement The aliens came from light years away can they not spring for some aircrafts or something on wheels At least double the number of legs for God s sake When I first heard of this series I thought it was some kind of unofficial sequel to Wells awesome classic The War of the Worlds Well, now I know it is not, but it is still a damn fine ripping yarn The White Mountains depicts a future where alien overlords have been in charge of our planet for hundreds of years This is not an origin story so we don t know what happened when the aliens showed up and how they subjugated the human race To keep humans docile the aliens weld mind control caps on the adults heads The year when the story takes place is not mentioned, there is even a possibility that the tripods may be man made rather than aliens I imaginewill be revealed in subsequent volumes of this Tripods series The White Mountains is told from the point of view of Will, the thirteen year old protagonist One day Will decides to run away from his home town to avoid the Tripods Capping process when he comes of age He is accompanied by Henry, a cousin he dislikes, but insists on going along, on their journey they are later joined by a bright French boy they call Beanpole because Will and Henry can t pronounce Jean Paul Their destination is the eponymous White Mountain, where Will is told by an apparently crazy old man there is a community of rebellious uncapped people The book is entirely about their perilous journey to this mountain.I wish I had read this book as a wee lad of fourteen or younger I would have loved his book to bits and immediately read the remaining three volumes As an adult reader I really enjoyed it but I wish it wasedgy and dark with lots of swearing This series is generally regarded as children s books rather than YA One thing it does have in common with modern YA books is that the setting is a dystopian with mankind under aliens domination rather than some post apocalypse government I certainly prefer it to The Hunger Games, kids being chased by giant tripods is muchexciting than kids being chased by other kids.The book is very fast paced with something happening on every page, and there is not much in the way of dialogue The characters are not developed very much but in a book under 200 pages in length that is forgivable Certainly Will seems like a bit of an idiot most of the time, Henry vacillates back and forth from being callous to caring, and Beanpole is defined by his intellect only The other characters they meet on their way just serve to help to move the story along There is a palpable sense of danger when the kids are being chased by the tripods, but the ending seems terribly rushed.Any way, I am on board for reading the rest of the series I would love to know what happen next.Rating 5 stars for kids, 4 for adults John Christopher s influential and fun as a zombie at a Mensa party 1967 novel is a fantastic YA success.Telling the post apocalyptic story of a 13 year old in a world where alien tripod monsters reminiscent of HG Wells The War of the Worlds creatures control every aspect of human culture and keep us subjugated by means of a capping brain implant at the age of 14, Christopher spins an imaginative and timeless tale of adventure and perseverance.Our protagonist Will notices he s a little diffe John Christopher s influential and fun as a zombie at a Mensa party 1967 novel is a fantastic YA success.Telling the post apocalyptic story of a 13 year old in a world where alien tripod monsters reminiscent of HG Wells The War of the Worlds creatures control every aspect of human culture and keep us subjugated by means of a capping brain implant at the age of 14, Christopher spins an imaginative and timeless tale of adventure and perseverance.Our protagonist Will notices he s a little different than everyone else and this is further confirmed when a wandering vagrant one whose capping was unsuccessful singles him out for the revelation that there are many others like them who will not go gently into the tripods good night Off Will goes to find the other rebels in the far White Mountains the Alps.Modern readers will see many themes common to the prevalent popular post aps and dystopian YA books these days and Christopher s writing is still so good and fresh that young readers today would like this For those who really got into to this one, Christopher write threebooks in this series.Good fun, good sci fi I read this book when I was about 10, but there s a moment near the beginning that s really stayed with me It s one of those stories where Earth has been enslaved by alien overlords There are, however, a few bright points in their miserable existences, and one of these is the annual games, where young athletes compete in a kind of Olympics to pick out the fastest and strongest.The hero and his best friend are competing They re both top jocks They re pretty much certain that they ll win and b I read this book when I was about 10, but there s a moment near the beginning that s really stayed with me It s one of those stories where Earth has been enslaved by alien overlords There are, however, a few bright points in their miserable existences, and one of these is the annual games, where young athletes compete in a kind of Olympics to pick out the fastest and strongest.The hero and his best friend are competing They re both top jocks They re pretty much certain that they ll win and be granted the mystical journey to the aliens s city that is the victors privilege The hero duly delivers But his friend, who s a long jumper, screws up he puts a foot wrong during his run up and is disqualified He and the hero look at the judges in stunned disbelief, but there s nothing they can do One of them is going, and the other, poor guy, will have to suffer the bitter humiliation of being left behind.It turns out there s a reason why the aliens want to find the strongest humans They re from a planet with stronger gravity, and their cities use gravity generators which reproduce the conditions on the home world The winners in the games will become their servants But not for long, since daily exposure to high gravity does bad things to your heart and joints The hero realises that his victory has bought him a death sentence His friend has been granted a miraculous reprieve.I was quite good at taking exams, but it occurred to me to wonder if they were as important as people made out This young adult dystopian science fiction novel the first of a trilogy, followed by a prequel is considered to be a classic, and it s easy to see why The Tripods machines living beings robots gone wrong aliens from another world rule over the post apocalyptic Earth, keeping humans in their faux medieval place by means of capping them at puberty that is, surgically implanting metal helmet like contraptions on people to keep them docile and content Young Will, the protagonist, flee This young adult dystopian science fiction novel the first of a trilogy, followed by a prequel is considered to be a classic, and it s easy to see why The Tripods machines living beings robots gone wrong aliens from another world rule over the post apocalyptic Earth, keeping humans in their faux medieval place by means of capping them at puberty that is, surgically implanting metal helmet like contraptions on people to keep them docile and content Young Will, the protagonist, flees his capping, and thus his coming of age adventure begins.This is a big idea novel, and the characters are developed just enough to serve the plot and noThat said, the big idea is a key one, namely the question of whether it s better to choose the security, safety, and contentment of being a servant, or to choose to be one s own master, even if that means living a life of danger and hardship and want At its worst, the novel is wooden and predictable, but at its best, it s a compelling and thought provoking young adult treatment of a timeless issue Considering how John Christopher contrasts the peaceful but uninspired stagnation of the novel s current day with the chaotic but excitinh innovation and progress represented by the ruins of the cities of our time, it s easy to recognize the conclusions he draws about the ultimate value of individuality This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I ve been reading a lot of YA fantasy SF novels aloud to my husband while he paints his new 40k army I guess if you re going to dork out and regress, it might as well be all the way So I pulled this novel out of the vaults my fifth grade English teacher assigned it as part of an inspired introduction to genre fiction unit This was our introduction to science fiction I blame her for launching a number of excessively awkward adolescences Anyway, th This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I ve been reading a lot of YA fantasy SF novels aloud to my husband while he paints his new 40k army I guess if you re going to dork out and regress, it might as well be all the way So I pulled this novel out of the vaults my fifth grade English teacher assigned it as part of an inspired introduction to genre fiction unit This was our introduction to science fiction I blame her for launching a number of excessively awkward adolescences Anyway, this book is better andexciting than I remembered It s about an alternate future, though a near future, where aliens called tripods have taken over Earth, putting humans under their control by capping all the adults with a mind control device There is a small band of rebels in the mountains who have managed to escape capping and the novel follows three boys who are running away to find these rebels in the mountains Very exciting stuff And there s a really wonderful and real pettiness and sense of competition among the three boys that sets this novel apart from others like it One of the best Young Adult authors ever, John Christopher, kicks of his masterwork trilogy with this book about a retro future in which the world has been colonized by Tripods Three boys, before undergoing the coming of age transformations of Capping Day incidentally, this has to be the namesake of the Seattle band, remember them , run away Will they make it before the tripods find and brainwash them It s amazing how much Scott Westerfeld s PRETTIES has borrowed from this series not that W One of the best Young Adult authors ever, John Christopher, kicks of his masterwork trilogy with this book about a retro future in which the world has been colonized by Tripods Three boys, before undergoing the coming of age transformations of Capping Day incidentally, this has to be the namesake of the Seattle band, remember them , run away Will they make it before the tripods find and brainwash them It s amazing how much Scott Westerfeld s PRETTIES has borrowed from this series not that Westerfeld copied anything, just that Christopher organized things in his future world so well Like Blade Runner set certain cinematic standards, it s impossible to write about kids in the future at least one in which we have been colonized without certain plot inevitabilities On this reading, I also noticed how good is Christopher s craft he leaves plenty to the imagination in his decriptions, dialogue, and storyline, unlike modern writers, who, with their gigabytes of word processing, seem unable to do hey, Stephenie Meyer The book is lean and yet illuminates much It has held up well over the years and deserves the highest praise Beginning with this book, I m instituting a new note Why I read this book The paths that lead us to a certain book at a certain time can bring all kinds of illumination to the reading of the book, if not the book review WHY I READ THIS BOOK Talking about death and graveyards with Greg Lundgren of Lundgren Monuments , we agreed that our culture handles death in odd, dysfunctional ways I praised Neil Gaiman s GRAVEYARD BOOK for helping undercut those notions, which led to talk of other best young adult books One of my all time favorites is The Tripods Trilogy which I got from the library after seeing older neighbor Jim Burnham devour it on the school bus I ve read this book a half dozen times but after finding it in the 1970 s paperback edition in Half Price books last week I could not help but tear through it again I had found all the used editions a while back but gave them to Erin Corday for a wedding present After being immensely impressed by The Death of Grass by John Christopher, I decided to start his Tripods series right away Although the primary target for this series are the readers in the young adult category, it is so unlike today s young adult books where the post apocalyptic dystopian scenario just serves as an inconsequential and poorly developed background for a cheesy romance between hormonally charged teens.The White Mountains introduces us to the thirteen year old teen protagonist, After being immensely impressed by The Death of Grass by John Christopher, I decided to start his Tripods series right away Although the primary target for this series are the readers in the young adult category, it is so unlike today s young adult books where the post apocalyptic dystopian scenario just serves as an inconsequential and poorly developed background for a cheesy romance between hormonally charged teens.The White Mountains introduces us to the thirteen year old teen protagonist, Will, and we follow him on his journey towards the White Mountains which is considered the only safe haven as well as the only resistance against the Tripods The book is short, dedicated to its plot and leaves the reader with a promise of something evenexciting, action packed and grand in the succeeding books of the series I would definitely read the remaining two books The City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire as well as the prequel When the Tripods Came in near future A splendidly written science fiction yarn aimed at the lads and lasses but with enough clever going for it to appeal to olderseasoned readers as well This is the second novel by John Christopher that I ve had the pleasure of consuming and this gent certainly has the prose chops to spin a ripsnorter of a story My previous experience, the dark, disturbing and fantabulous The Death of Grass , is one of theunder appreciated apocalyptic SF books I have come across and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A splendidly written science fiction yarn aimed at the lads and lasses but with enough clever going for it to appeal to olderseasoned readers as well This is the second novel by John Christopher that I ve had the pleasure of consuming and this gent certainly has the prose chops to spin a ripsnorter of a story My previous experience, the dark, disturbing and fantabulous The Death of Grass , is one of theunder appreciated apocalyptic SF books I have come across and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it Here s the bill of fare for this literary meal PLOT SUMMARY Earth of the 22nd Century has been reduced to a few million bodies living a pre industrial, pastoral existence maintained through subsistence farming The seemingly content, unmotivated population is controlled by mysterious giant, three legged machines known as Tripods , whom the adults in the community worship and revere Precisely who or what are the Tripods That s the central mystery which is slowly unveiled though not completely during the course of the story However, the reader quickly learns that the Tripods are the cause of Earth s current, post apocalyptic predicament The cornerstone celebration of the communities in the story is Capping Day, so named because every child, upon reaching the age of 14, is taken by the Tripods and returned with a metal cap implanted on their skull UhHoustonwe may have a problem This event marks the transition for the youth from childhood to adulthood and the moment when they take their place as full members of the community I don t want to spoil anything for you, but I think it s safe to say that all is not well in the land of the metal hats.Our main character is Will, a 13 year old boy months away from being given his metal toupee Initially, Will is eager for his Capping Day to arrive but this all changes after a not so chance meeting with a vagrant named Ozymandias Ozy reveals to Will the dark, sinister nature of both the caps and the Tripods and this fateful meeting reconfigures Will s entire worldview Suddenly he begins to notice the subtle wrongness of the people, including his parents, and vows to escape.Ozymandias explains to Will that there is a small but growing group of people that are determined to fight back against the Tripods and offers Will the chance to join the resistance if he can make it all the way to the titular White Mountains Thus begins Will s adventure during which he faces danger, excitement and a number of nasty Tripods THOUGHTS Christopher has a spare, breezy to read writing style that I really enjoyed Despite being less than 200 pages long, the author does a magnificent job defining Will s world Christopher manages to convey significant information to the reader without resorting to rambling or overly prolix infodumps This is a quality I really enjoy in SF books from this period which is epitomized in the works of Jack Vance and Roger Zelazny This story as a whole is not in the class of the aforementioned, but his lack of circumlocution while telling his story is worth noting For all the positive things I have to say about the story, something about it didn t connect sufficiently with me to be able to grant a loftier rating than 3 stars I enjoyed the story, I liked the characters and I am curious to see where the next novels venture For all that, I found myself a bit detached too from the narrative and was never swept away I was very aware that I was reading and never fell into the world the author created I m not sure why, but it happened Maybe I m defective Regardless of the reason, I can only give this 3 stars, but I would still highly recommend it to my fellow readers, especially those that enjoy YA science fiction 3.0 stars Highly RecommendedI m sorry, but ever since Austin Power s Goldmember I can not hear the word Tripod without thinking of the classic scene between Michael Caine and Mini MeI know.I m a child and I need help, but that is some funny sauce I was in 6th grade, had just moved to the Seattle area, and was as unhappy as an uprooted, adolescent girl living under perpetually gray skies can be but this book, read to my class by the teacher, showed me that, hey, it could be worse I could be on the run, hunted by aliens in giant tripods who wanted to control my brain with a metal cap device on my head It gave me perspective, you know A great introduction to real SF for kids.