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The White Mountains by John Christopher

The White Mountains (1967)

by John Christopher

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Series: The Tripods (1)

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I loved this book. I would have loved it as a child. I went through a very serious post-apocalyptic phase as a kid. White Mountains is the story of Will, who is excited about being capped and controlled by the Tripods. After meeting a vagrant he finds out that there are other ways of living outside the control of the Tripods. He and his cousin Henry, and Jean-Paul try to find the resistance force in the White Mountains. This is an exciting story that has just enough information about the Tripods to keep the readers speculating, which is such a fun activity as a reader. I would recommend this to any reader interested in science fiction or post-apocalyptic books. ( )
  Anna.Nash | Mar 18, 2014 |
Funny how things change with time. I was startled by the ending and had to read it again. I'm still trying to decide whether to read the rest of the series. I remember loving this as a child. I didn't remember that the central character was such a whiner. I read the 35th anniversary edition and liked the intro that John Christopher wrote. ( )
  njcur | Feb 19, 2014 |
This story has been read by me since middleschool, so I've got very fond memories of it, and so I judge it ever so lightly.

It is for kids and young adults. Readable by adults, but not to be enjoyed as much.

If The War of the Worlds had not gone our way, this story is what would have come of it... ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
This is the first of John Christopher's tripod trilogy which I vaguely remember from the TV series back in the 1980's. The book was written in 1967 and shows its age just a little: much less teenage angst than you often get in a young adult novel today on the plus side, and an absence of meaningful female characters on the minus. But overall a good adventure story that has lasted well.

At an unspecified future date humans live in a society that has reverted to medieval feudalism under the ultimate rule of the tripods, huge three-legged devices that stalk the land. In their fourteenth year all children are 'capped' by the tripods, with a metal cap that becomes fused to their skull: an event that they are taught to look forward to as the start of adulthood. But as his older cousin Jack is capped, and Will notices the changes in his character, he starts to have misgivings. Encountering Ozymandias, seemingly a vagrant, a person whose mind has been broken by the capping process, Will discovers that the cap is the means by which the Tripods control humanity and keep them docile. He resolves to join the resistance in the White Mountains that he is told about by Ozymandias, but this means a long and hazardous journey to the south. And an uncapped boy alone will attract suspicion ... With the unwelcome addition of his cousin Henry as a travelling companion, and the French boy Jean-Paul, nicknamed 'Beanpole' by the cousins, Will's journe is indeed fraught with danger, and wonder as well as the cousins encounter the mysterious city of the ancients.

With elements of HG Well's The War of the Worlds and a touch of John Wyndham this isn't maybe the most original book ever, but great fun. ( )
1 vote SandDune | Mar 16, 2013 |
Great story about a future dystopia where alien Tripods have taken over the world and humans live a rural, simple life (which actually looks rather attractive on the face of it). The author does a good job of describing the remnants of earlier civilisation from the point of view of Will and his friends who know nothing of it. I never caught this on TV in the 1980s and it is aimed at teenagers, but a cracking good story. 5/5 ( )
  john257hopper | Jul 15, 2012 |
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This book is purely science fiction and is a great read for middle schoolers.  The book is about a trio of boys who escape their communities to avoid capping.  Capping is when they are made to be docile and obedient to Masters, an unknown controller.  This is a perfect book to get kids, especially boys since all three main characters are boys, into science fiction.  This is a great book to teach in English classes as the story and structure is strong enough to do analytical reading.  Here is the link to his obituary , who died earlier this year, for kids to read: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/...
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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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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.

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