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The Pool of Fire

(The Tripods #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  6,564 ratings  ·  283 reviews
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Will Parker has managed to escape from the City of Gold and Lead, where he served as a slave to one of the Masters who rule the modern world. And He has not only discovered what lies behind the Tripods' power, but also how the Masters heartlessly plan to destroy the earth.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published April 2003 by Simon & Schuster Simon Pulse (first published 1968)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Pool of Fire (The Tripods #3), John Christopher
The Tripods is a series of young adult novels written by John Christopher, beginning in 1967. The first two were the basis of a science fiction TV series, produced in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.
Series: The White Mountains (1967); The City of Gold and Lead (1968); The Pool of Fire (1968); When the Tripods Came (1988).
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دهم ماه اکتبر سال 1999 میلادی
عنوان: برکه آتش، از مجموعه چهارگانه های جان کریستوفر؛ نوشته: جان کریستوفر؛ مت
Okay, but definitely the weakest of the trilogy. Felt more like a summary of how everything got resolved than its own story, and Will is increasingly hard to like. His heedlessness and sulking and self-absorption seem correct when he's thirteen; less understandable (or even believable) when he's in his late teens and chosen for special missions essential to the fate of all humanity.

As the characters grow older and interact with a wider range of the populace, the omission of women also becomes m
Checked this one off the other day as read, but never got around to a review. I enjoyed this book, the whole trilogy. Kinda fun rereading a childhood favorite.

I've read a lot of discussion lately on protecting children from books, and I look back at books like this and I'm so glad I read them. The lessons they had about self-sacrifice, independence, the value of having your own mind and not living in easy complacency. They had a hand in forming who I am today. Would I be the same person if I'd
Once again, suffers from a complete lack of female characters. I don't think this book even mentions the existence of any females at all except once (and that was remembering someone who died). In this final installment, we get the inevitable conclusion made necessary by the previous book. Few surprises here, but still plenty of interest, especially if you care to follow the exact mechanics of things like airlocks.

What I really like about these books is how far from perfect the protagonist is.
Steve R
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The culminating novel in a trilogy of books recounting the heroic efforts of the human race to overthrow an invasion by technologically superior aliens. While the previous work was well worth its 5 star rating for its depiction of the quite unique and interesting invading species, my appreciation of this work slipped a bit (only 4 stars) as it concentrated more on the traditional YA trope of daring-do in the planning and execution of the insurgency to save the planet for the human race. Heroic e ...more
Both The White Mountains and The City of Gold and Lead featured our protagonists working toward a single objective. Achieving that objective was the substance of the book. The Pool of Fire had at least three such objectives. If written in a similar pacing as the first two, this third volume could easily have been split into three different books. Instead Christopher slotted them into one, making this a much more hurried story. There is little mystery to this one and the dramas are generall ...more
Now that I'm at the end of this trilogy, the parallels drawn between the author, in the 1960s, and the world wars, which had ended 20 years prior, are clear and strong. Will, Beanpole, Henry and Fritz's world of the Tripods is a world in which mankind has been defeated by an alien delegation, and forced into servitude. It's an allegorical series about rebellion and freedom; war and peace; and human nature; and it works very well on many levels.

Neither book 2 ("The City of Gold and Lead") nor boo
Tentatively, Convenience
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the last bk in the Tripods Trilogy (except for a prequel that was published as a sequel 20 yrs later) that I've already reviewed the 1st 2 bks of: The White Mountains: ; The City of Gold and Lead: . This review cd be called "Review Lite" b/c I have almost nothing to say about the bk — not because I didn't enjoy
Steve Groves
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finished reading the trilogy tonight. The whole family was eager to here the next instalment each evening. My son has been relaying snippets to his school friends and some of them are keen to read the series. The sign of a true classic.
Jennifer Wardrip
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After discovering the Tripods' plot to destroy mankind, Will rushes back to the White Mountains to tell the other uncapped humans. With a race against time to overthrow the Tripods, Will and his friends must go across the globe recruiting massive amounts of youth to deal the final blow to the aliens.

After capturing a Tripod, they discover that alcohol has a sleep-inducing effect on the aliens. Armed with this new knowledge, will the resistance be able to ta
Jackie "the Librarian"
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids who like sf
The last book in the Tripods series. Can the resistance group defeat the Tripods, and free humans from their mental control?
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An amazing dialogue from the human side of a war of men versus aliens.
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Absolutely fabulous end. I cannot believe it has taken me so long to reread this. I really recommend them.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audiobooks, scifi
This is a good wrap up to the Tripod trilogy. It has many of the same qualities as the originals, which is to say it's a quite good book aimed at young adults. Christopher does not shy away from making it clear that the world is in terrible shape and that living as one of the humans (particularly uncapped) would be terrible, but he also doesn't let the book go much darker by dwelling on this aspect of the world.

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An appropriate end to the trilogy. I remember originally my favorite character was Beanpole, probably because his personality was the most like mine and so I was able to see myself doing some of the things he did. On the re-read, though, I think Henry was the more important character. And I like Fritz a lot more than I remember from before. Still, I believe I'm done with the Tripod series now. I don't feel a need to revisit this one again in future, or to read the prequel, When the Tripods Came. ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the concluding volume in a YA alien invasion series. It provides a satisfying conclusion.
Kyle Grindberg
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying ending!
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and final book of the original Tripods trilogy was something of a disappointment to me in a variety of ways. Again, this is a boy's adventure story from the late 60's and it was probably aimed at 10-12 year olds. I won't dwell on this too much but I thought it the weakest of the three novels. The story here is interesting and carries on right from the second book, "The City of Gold and Lead." The angle here is to capture one of the "Masters" to supposedly learn more about how they can ...more
Philippa Dowding
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still pretty enjoyable, but my least favourite of the 3 books. It felt a little hurried perhaps, or maybe a little predictable. This story is the one I remember least from reading it as a child, so maybe it didn't make as huge an impression on me as the first two did then either. Still, the description of the balloon attack is interesting, and traversing the Panama canal by balloon is pretty cool. The ending definitely felt hurried, as they try to set up a United Nations in about 4 pages. Also t ...more
May 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: boys, scifi
While I can’t say that I was disappointed by this final chapter to the Tripods Trilogy, I have to admit that was just slightly below the first and second books in the series (The White Mountains and The City of Gold and Lead, respectively). The story takes off from where we were left, at the end of The City of Gold and Lead-In a world where alien Masters control all of mankind through strange, mandatory metal caps, only one small group of free men survive, hidden in a remote camp. Will, our stor ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
With information gathered in the previous two books, our heroes now take the fight to the invaders! Unfortunately, this is no more plausible today than it was when first written. It concludes the series well, but flaws abound.

Among those is the lack of female characters. Book 2 and 3 both suffer from this, while the first book didn't. The overly simplistic description of the "pool of fire" (or is it an atomic pile?) can be forgiven. More major than those are how implausible a civilization, years
Tom Lee
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Sort of feels like the series deserves 3.5 or 4 for achieving its aims so fully but the individual books feel sleight and those aims are arguably too modest. As Becks said, it's interesting to read sort of proto YA. Makes me want to revisit the Narnia series too.

Christopher deserves credit for surprisingly good prose. I'd say the YA-ness shines through in two main ways. First, the characterizations, while unspooled with obvious skill, are broad and serve a sort of moralistic or instructive func
David Nichols
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, sci-fi
In this final volume of John Christopher's Tripods trilogy, Will and his friends join in the Free Men's desperate, vastly-accelerated campaign to defeat the Masters before they can complete their deadly Plan. The protagonists make new recruits in alien lands, from Italy to Iraq; watch a Tripod hunt condemned criminals; hunt, in turn, a Master for their own experiments; and, finally, return to the aliens' cities, this time to try to destroy them. A new question arises from Will, Henry, and Fritz' ...more
J.M. Hushour
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fine conclusion to the Tripods trilogy which sees the craziness get even crazier since the Masters are going to exterminate humanity once their giant atmosphere-changer ship thing arrives at Earth. The free human resistance gets with the program launching attacks on the Cities of the Masters and other wackiness. The best part about this final book is that after everything is said and done, the story continues showing what happens afterwards which is anything but a glorious Hollywood ending. Ou ...more
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
The final chapter of the Tripods trilogy was very well done. I have always been curious as to what happened 50-100 years down the road as Will 'left his seas and islands'. Did mankind make it out to the stars to confront the Masters? Were they able to hold their emotions in check? Christopher leaves open some very future-directed questions to the fate of the characters, but the book itself was wonderful. ...more
Scott Anderson
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-16-30
The third in the Tripods series, this book tells the story of how the humans eventually overcame the Masters and freed themselves and the earth.

A fitting conclusion, just as good as all the rest of the books. It involves a lot of danger and action as always, and the human characters make the story seem believable. This is one of the first every dystopia novels for young adults, and it has set the standard ever since.
Odile Thomas
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved the 3rd book, read it in one morning!
I love the ending... how so very human!
I wonder if there is another series after this one, following Will and his friends but at the same time I think it is just perfect where it stopped.
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
An excellent ending to the series.
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just reread this trilogy after many years and wow it was better than ever! Apparently there is even another book… so I will have to check it out too.
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this a very long time ago as a teenager and really liked it. I still remember things about the story that make me want to reread it.
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