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Tripods. Dreibeinige Monster auf Erdkurs. Bd. 1 (original 1988; edition 2006)

by John Christopher, Sabine Rahn (Herausgeber), Wolfgang Schaller (Übersetzer)

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Title:Tripods. Dreibeinige Monster auf Erdkurs. Bd. 1
Authors:John Christopher
Other authors:Sabine Rahn (Herausgeber), Wolfgang Schaller (Übersetzer)
Info:Arena (2006), Gebundene Ausgabe, 200 Seiten
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When the Tripods Came by John Christopher (1988)

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perfect prequel to the original Tripod Trilogy ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
This is a prequel to the author's Tripods trilogy, published twenty years (1988) after that trilogy (1967/8) and after the TV adaptation of the first two books. The story gives a reasonable lead up to the events in the original, following the backstory given more briefly in the middle book of the trilogy, though the Tripods seem to take over unrealistically quickly and the method of take over via a TV programme didn't convince in the circumstances. But a good, quick read. 4/5 ( )
  john257hopper | Jan 6, 2013 |
Not worth reading.
  2wonderY | Dec 13, 2012 |
I love it when a book exceeds my expectations. And they were very low after finishing the core Tripods trilogy. John Christopher's well-crafted prequel, however, more than made up for my disappointment in those first three dry, poorly paced books. By shifting the action to the near-future, Christopher gives us both a more realistically palpable setting and a much more sympathetic narrator. Although Laurie, hero of When the Tripods Came shares some personality traits with Will (protagonist of the first three books who I eventually came to loathe, not love), he is much more redeemably human, and shows much more growth over the course of 150 pages than Will does over three whole novels. What's more, the invasion of the Tripods--gradual, but nonetheless terrifying--gives the novel an urgency that the others lacked. Their indoctrination of mankind via television is really scary and manages to be pleasantly undidactic (and I speak as a lover of the boob tube). Rather than giving us a lecture on the dangers of TV, Christopher shows television watching for what it is--a universal, but almost certainly exploitable--weakness. Even the characters who are seduced by the aliens are sympathetic. All in all, a worthwhile read--and since it could easily stand on its own, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat, even if I can't say the same for the rest of the series. ( )
1 vote PhoebeReading | Nov 24, 2010 |
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. ( )
  GeniusJen | Apr 15, 2010 |
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"The book is frighteningly convincing as it shows the gradual takeover of Earth by the Tripods"
"This book makes a fine addition to the Tripods trilogy, and can be read either before or after the other books. The series is one of the better introductions to SF available for young readers."
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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 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.

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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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