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The White Mountains by John Christopher
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it was ok
bookshelves: book-club, middle-grade

This YA science fiction book has a great premise: Earth was invaded 100 years ago by the mysterious Tripods (aliens? machines? no one knows) and now all humans are subjected to mind control through hard-wired metal Caps. The Caps are installed at age 14, and the story is told from the perspective of 13-year-old Will, who observes an older friend be Capped and come back changed. Repelled by the idea of mind control, Will runs away and follows the advice of a stranger, to head for the White Mountains (Switzerland), where men live free. I enjoyed the story, but the writing here is subpar; although told in the first person, much of the word choice and narration does not at all seem to come from Will, but rather to be artificially imposed by the author. The result was a constant jarring feeling that prevented me from really sympathizing with Will (who often made decisions that seemed not to come from his own motivations but instead from the author's narrative plans). I felt like there was a lot more that could have been done with this material!
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Reading Progress

December 13, 2009 – Shelved
December 13, 2009 – Shelved as: book-club
Started Reading
December 28, 2009 – Finished Reading
November 28, 2018 – Shelved as: middle-grade

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