The White Mountains

The White Mountains

Book - 2003
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Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2003
ISBN: 9780689855047
Characteristics: xii, 164 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 16, 2021

Great sci-fi dystopian book. Personally, I think it's a classic. First book in the trilogy.

Feb 24, 2018

I’ve loved Christopher’s work ever since I read “The Little People”. This book, though, wasn’t good at all. I didn’t even finish it. There was no strong emotion, if any, and the writing was just poor. I might try the second book of the series to see if it is any better. I don’t want to give up on his work yet!

ArapahoeStaff20 Jul 12, 2017

I loved the way this book forced me to figure out what was going on in bits and pieces in a world without technology... plus aliens.

Jun 27, 2015

A world reverted back to Feudalism is fascinating, and rediscovering modern tech is cool, but I focused too much of my energy there. The detail led me to that, I think. As well, there was no emotion in the writing! I could not feel for Will, and he kept getting sick or hurt for no reason. That being said, he was a neat character with a conflicted sense of right and wrong. And his supporting cast was amazing! Especially Beanpole.

Nov 08, 2013

This old-school but not old-fashioned children’s sci-fi adventure is fun, but doesn’t quite make the literary leap from being inspiring enough YA fare as to be good adult fare. It would be a great introduction to science fiction for young readers, like the more impressive The Keeper Of The Isis Light. The thoughtful introduction in this edition proves very helpful in guiding discussion and thinking more deeply about the book (although perhaps some of these issues are already brought up in the rest of the trilogy).

This is from the same author as the chilling The Death Of Grass, and as the introduction implies, youth writing is simply not his strong suit. The ending is so weirdly paced and abrupt that I briefly thought I had ended up with a misprinted copy that was missing a chapter.

Mar 31, 2013

I read this trilogy in junior high. My 11 year old daughter just took it out and I stole it from her to re-read it. It's just as good and juicy now as it was then! Excellent sci-fi dystopian future novel. My teen aged son enjoyed, it, too.

camera588 Jul 19, 2012

Even if this is a pretty old book, it's still really good. the whole series builds off of the ideas of the time with the space race and the cold war. Will's adventure across France can actually be traced on a map, and all of the places that he visits can be found as French landmarks today. In all, this book is a great easy, quick read and is tons of fun to read to younger siblings.

Sep 25, 2009

The Tripods have landed, taken over earth, and re-established the feudal lifestyle of lords and ladies and serfs and servants. It is harder for people to rebel, after all, when they're either living lives of ease or distracted by the day-to-day grind to survive. That the Tripods are barely understood (are they intelligent machines or machines driven by intelligent life?) certainly helps them rule, as does their annual Capping ceremonies. When boys and girls reach a certain age they are fitted with a metal mesh cap that provides the Tripods with a convenient element of mind control over hapless humans. Young Will Parker, son of hard-working English peasant folk, is disturbed by the changes in a beloved older cousin who is Capped. Suddenly rethinking everything he's been taught, Will opts to run for it. With a couple of other rebellious boys in tow, Will heads for the White Mountains where, legend has it, a group of un-Capped stalwarts survive. The journey is long and filled with the unexpected, the Tripods are on their trail, and there just might be some benefits to being Capped after all... The White Mountains is the first book in the classic Tripod Trilogy, a series that has been read by generation after generation since their publication in the late 1960s. Will is a strong character, realistically flawed and tempted, with difficult decisions to make. The alternate past-like future that author John Christopher invents is highly original, and even if you read The White Mountains in your youth, it's never too late to go back and escape being Capped one more time.


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Jun 27, 2015

Tripods have controlled the minds of anyone 14 or older for generations. But Will refuses to be controlled, especially after seeing what it does to his cousin, who once shared similar beliefs. After receiving strange instructions from a strange man, Will sets out for the safe haven in the White Mountains with cousin Henry and later Beanpole the French boy. Tripods are after them. What will they do? who were the Ancients? And is the trio strong enough to go on?


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Jan 31, 2017

'I will not be capped!' -Will -p158.
'I can be a madman in four tongues.'
-Ozymandias -p43.


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