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The White Mountains by John Christopher
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Jan 01, 2011

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bookshelves: youth
Recommended to Agnes by: Bill
Recommended for: Spencer, Rory
Read in December, 2010

After also reading The Giver for the first time, Bill recommended this trilogy to me. He remembered really enjoying it as a child, and complained that the world of The Giver is not sufficiently developed (which is true), whereas this series is much more of an immersion into a near-future dystopia (also true). The basic premise of the series is that the main character, a 13-year old boy, is about to go through his village's coming-of-age experience in order to be more fully integrated into his society (sound familiar so far?). The ceremony involves being "capped" by a tripod, which are mechanical monsters that have taken over the earth and exercise mind-control over its human inhabitants. On the plus side, there is no more war or violence and everyone is happy with his/her fate. On the downside, they are all mindless slaves to the tripods.

The first novel chronicles the main character's decision to escape from his small English village to the white mountains (the Alps), rumored to be the last stronghold of free, un-capped men (why aren't there any women?). This first book is a good intro to the series, but reveals tantalizingly little about the tripods. You must read on to book two to find out much, much more. I'm surprised that the series was written for children, because for the most part, it reads more like YA material. The only slightly annoying thing to the adult reader, aside from the lack of women, is the main character's typical early teenage mistakes, which I suppose are realistic enough.

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