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When the Tripods Came by John Christopher
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Jul 03, 2007

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I read this pretty young, and at the time, thought it was a great book. Looking back on it, it is kind of a mediochre prequel to the Tripods trilogy. It was the kind of book that looks for total resolution, but in the end, it had a series following it, and the ending that was hoped for was relegated to a minor victory. I recommend reading this book before reading the actual Trilogy (White Mountains, Pool of Fire and City of Gold and Lead) as opposed to the order in which it came out (Last). It will likely pique your interest in the series.

The story itself is a story of the beginnings of an alien invasion by beings that move around in giant three-legged machines. Ultimately, the invasion is relatively succesful and all of humanity is enslaved. The aliens use a mind-controlling device to subjugate the populace, but the device is not implanted until the adolescent years. (This makes the series a good adventure for the younger readers.)
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