When the Tripods Came (The Tripods 0)
I am always dubious when encountering something, added to something great, at a much later date. However, true to form the author doesn't disappoint. The story of how the Tripods came to Earth is told through the eyes of a young teen, Laurie and his friend, Andy. Once again the characters are well wri...more
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...more
This is a short book but I found it was not as engaging as I remember the trilogy to be. It is a book that basically tells how the tripods came to our world. Overall I agree with the other reviewers that say read the trilogy...more
Three alien ships crash land on earth, one in England, one in Russia, and another one in the United States. Defeated with little difficulty, the story changes to following a new T...more
Although fourth in the series in terms of publication dates, this book is actually set earlier in time than the famous triology, giving us a chance to witness the Invasion firsthand. We meet all new heroes, of course. This story starts off slowly and seems somewhat bland after the first wave of tripods is exterminated. But gradually we realize their insidious plan to take over the Earth by Mind Control--mass Brain Washing via the media. People--kids...more
You'd think that the Earth being invaded by space ships would be cause for alarm. And it is. But somehow that alarm never quite spread to me. It was just so very boring and dull and... trifling. Perhaps it's a realistic look at what a family would do if aliens came and started brainwashing people - I don't know. Un...more
This prequel is worth a read, but it's not as engaging as the original series. I also wouldn't want to read this book first. I remember reading The White Mountains for the first time in sixth grade and wondering about so many topics. Where did those tripods take the kids? Was the tripod a being?...more
One of the best things about those books is the sense of timelessness that the world has: the characters ride horses and work the fields, which makes the futuristic Tripods stand out in even greater contrast. We find out about them only as the characters themselves do, giving those books an easy accessibility and engagement.
At the same time, it's so obviously a different world...more
It doesn't fit the other books that w...more
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...more
This prequel to the Tripods Trilogy, written two decades after the original books, is decent enough, but it certainly doesn't measure up to the three books that preceded it (chronologically) in the series.
Laurie, a British teen, is one of the first in the world to see the Tripods while on an orienteering trip with a friend. The initial tripod, after causing a bit of destruction, is swiftly brought down by the local armed forces. The intellig...more
BUT: If you have not read the series, PLEASE HEED THIS ADVICE:
Don't read this until after you finish the original trilogy. I know that it says #1 on the spine, and these events happened before the first three books. Ignore that!
It's more fun to be guessing and wondering with the protagonists in the books than to already have all the answers given to you at first. After you finish all three books, it's fun to see all the little questions you m...more
It was sort of weird that while I was finishing this book, Mormon missionaries knocked on my door, I couldn't help but draw some comparisons.
After reading the trilogy, the setting off on arduous journeys theme wore thin for me. And I found it challenging to keep the family re...more
A very satisfying conclusion (beginning) to the Tripods tales. The hindsight with which this is written is a good suggestion to all writers of series of books that it doesn't hurt to start in the middle and fix the beginning later! All so tonally consistent and quite terrifyingly plausible, this has such detail and humanity at its centre, I'm just sorry to have finished these books, for it'll be a long time until I've forgotten them as well as I had again! Excellent, excellent.
With this book, especially, I really enjoyed having the author's preface at the beginning, telling what inspired him to write the prequel. Basically the BBC started to film the original trilogy. At first they stayed loyal to the books, then they strayed. It seems that criticism of the tv series made the author wa...more
• 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