The City of Gold and Lead (The Tripods #2)
Will, Henry, and Beanpole have been living in the White Mountains with the last community of free people on Earth, training to fight against the Tripods. Now there is an opportunity for them to obtain vital information -- every year, young men come from all over to compete in a series of Games, and the winners are taken to the City of the Tripods. Will intends to be one o
When Will and his friend, Beanpole, are able to infiltrate the Tripods' city, they get more than they bargained for.
With inhospitable living conditions, Beanpole's cruel master, a threat from the Tripods that will extinguish the human race, and no sure escape route, things start to look hopeless. When Will accidentally kills his master, the two, however, must fight against all odds to escape or risk being captured by the Tripods.
Will they be able to escape...more
Book 2 of the Tripods Trilogy
New York: Aladdin, 1970
Genres: Science fiction, coming of age, drama, quest, adventure, young adult
Will, Beanpole (Jean-Paul) and a boy named Fritz are chosen by the resistence to compete in the Games. Will and Fritz win their events and are taken by tripods to the City of Gold and Lead. They discover that the Tripods are essentially vehicles, maneuvered by Masters. Human boys are kept as servants; the mo...more
For all their resistance, the people of the White Mountains barely know anything of the tripods. Who they are, what their plans are, and how they can fight them. So they devise a plan, win the annual games of the Capped, the games where Will lost Eloise to the tripods in the first place. Get taken, spy on them, and come back alive.
Will, Beanpole, and a boy named Fritz are chosen, and after several dangers, they arrive at...more
The book starts off in the white mountains base with the 3 main characters and their allies training for a tournament. The winners get to serve the master race in the city; which is said that slaves enter none ever come out. The point of this is to gather information for a war to override the master race. At the end 2 main characters and an ally pass training and get sent on a boat to the tournament. The main character and the ally win the tournament and get sent to the city w...more
Christopher's spare writing style comes right out of Strunk and White--nothing wasted, everything moving the story forward. (Contemporary writers, with infinite hard drive space and a...more
Like most of Christopher's books (all the ones I've read) the hero of the story is a young boy, so it is easy to place yourself in the role (if you were a young boy at the time, of course...). In this series, the world has been taken over by aliens. Survive & fight back.
Will, Beanpole, and Henry are training for the games in hopes that one of them will make it into a city of the Tripods and be able to escape to provide vital intelligence to the human resistance.
The description of what happens in the Tripods city is amazing and interesting. I remember reading this when I was younger and finding it absolutely fas...more
I believe the 2nd half of 2011 was an introduction into "Science Fiction" for me. I'm glad, I don't know why I've put off or never getting around to reading the genre sooner. It's the one...more
I can barely cope with how brilliant this book is. And also, revisiting it 22 years after the first time I read it, I'm surprised by how disturbing it is. The treatment of the boys by their masters is hugely unpleasant in places, and I'm not sure if I just didn't understand that, as a kid, or if I just didn't care, but it's...not something I'm used to reading in children's fiction, these days. All the same, there is such a weight to everything that happens in these stories, and such momentum, in...more
This is sci-fi literature (like, real literature) for younger readers. Again, I wish I'd been aware of these around the time I was reading A Wrinkle in Time.
Very imaginative, told in the style of Jules Verne with a particular knack for describing alien science and technology. It's a great story with a focus on the action, I loved these books as a...more
This is a great series for a young reader making the move to science fiction. There are some interesting ethical problems that are partially developed, but remain unresolved; one of which is that some of the aliens question whole-sale extermination of humans.
Anyway, the world created by Christopher is fascinating and terrifying. Everytime I think they are goners and have NO idea how they are going to get out of THIS one, they do and not with some cheap ghost in the machine device. Will is Potteresque in his ability to slay dragons. Glad the last in the series is waiting for me at the library.
• John Christopher
• Stanley Winchester
• Hilary Ford
• William Godfrey
• Peter Graaf
• Peter Nichols
• Anthony Rye
He is best known for The Tripods trilogy, published under the pseudonym John Christopher.
His novels were popular during the...more