When the Tripods Came (Tripods Series Prequel)

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Long ago, the Tripods—huge, three-legged machines—descended upon Earth and took control. Now people unquestioningly accept the Tripods' power. They have no control over their thoughts or their lives. But for a brief time in each person's life—in childhood—he is not a slave. For Will, his time of freedom is about to end—unless he can escape to the White Mountains, where the possibility of freedom still exists. The Tripods trilogy follows the adventures of Will and his cohorts, as they try to evade the Tripods and ...

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Overview

Long ago, the Tripods—huge, three-legged machines—descended upon Earth and took control. Now people unquestioningly accept the Tripods' power. They have no control over their thoughts or their lives. But for a brief time in each person's life—in childhood—he is not a slave. For Will, his time of freedom is about to end—unless he can escape to the White Mountains, where the possibility of freedom still exists. The Tripods trilogy follows the adventures of Will and his cohorts, as they try to evade the Tripods and maintian their freedom and ultimately do battle against them. The prequel, When the Tripods Came, explains how the Tripods first invaded and gained control of the planet.

Fourteen-year-old Laurie and his family attempt to flee England when the Tripods descend from outer space and begin brainwashing everyone with their hypnotic Caps.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The initial Tripod invasion of Earth seems laughable: armed forces overwhelm two of the giant attackers, and the third simply self-destructs. But when TV stations all over the world begin to broadcast the Trippy Show, the fanscalled Trippiesare hypnotized and flock to Trippy communes. By the time the second Tripod invasion begins, the Trippies greet the aliens as saviors and eagerly don the brainwashing caps provided them. Realizing that they can no longer stay in England and remain uncapped, Laurie and his family journey to Switzerland. When Switzerland falls under the Tripods' spell, Laurie, accompanied by two other boys, flees with his family to a remote spot in the Alps. The small band resolves to devote their lives to fighting the Tripods and thus form the core of the resistance movement that figures in the author's Tripods trilogy. Like those books, this fast-paced adventure explores serious issues of freedom and morality, creating a welcome prequel to the series. Ages 9-14. (April)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689857621
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Series: Tripods Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 322,437
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Christopher was the pseudonym of Samuel Youd, who was born in Lancashire, England, in 1922. He was the author of more than fifty novels and novellas, as well as numerous short stories. His most famous books include The Death of Grass, the Tripods trilogy, The Lotus Caves, and The Guardians.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2000

    Tripods are great Sci-fi!!!

    I think John Christopher is a genious! He planned out everything so well in his Tripod books, in 'When the Tripods Came' the tripod invasion is so well thought out it leads the reader to believe it could really happen! I enjoy reading these books again and again! I first read them when I was 11, and I still love them! The characters are all really well introduced, and you grow to love them. These books are full of adventure, and leave you thinking about them for days. Could this really happen, why don't you read it yourself and decide...

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

    Something is not right in England.

    Laurie's little sister recently started watching a show called Trippies. One day, she disappears. When they bring her back, all she can talk about is peace and Tripods, an alien race bent on bringing peace to Earth. Although they manage to dehypnotize her, people all over start disappearing and showing up with helmets that allow the Tripods to control their brains.

    Soon the whole world is conquered by this strange alien race, and Laurie and his family are driven into hiding underneath a hotel in the mountains. Can they find a way to take back Earth with the odds stacked against them?

    WHEN THE TRIPODS CAME is a book well worth the read. The suspense and adventure in the story draw the reader in and make them want to keep reading. The characters are believable and the author does a great job of capturing why humanity is the way it is.

    Readers who like science fiction, continuing series, and adventure books will all enjoy this read and the others that follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    excellent for students

    I read this book to my fourth grade class they loved it. My 6th grade teacher read The White Mountains to my class, back in the 80's. The kids have loved this book and it is a great read for sci-fi genre requirements. . The original printings of the series were terrible I would recommend getting the 35th anniversary edition. Sorry gotta run kids are coming in from recess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    BEST BOOK YET!

    Outstanding book!!!

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