Book Review: The White Mountains by John Christopher

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Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Long ago, the Tripods–huge, three-legged machines–descended upon Earth and took control. Now people unquestioningly accept the Tripods’ power. They have no control over their thoughts or their lives. But for a brief time in each person’s life–in childhood–he is not a slave. For Will, his time of freedom is about to end–unless he can escape to the White Mountains, where the possibility of freedom still exists. The Tripods trilogy follows the adventures of Will and his cohorts, as they try to evade the Tripods and maintian their freedom and ultimately do battle against them. The prequel, When the Tripods Came, explains how the Tripods first invaded and gained control of the planet.”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (April 1, 2003)


I just got around to setting up a goodreads account (April ’11), and have mostly added books that I’ve read in the past year or two as a starting point for my shelves. But, I stumbled across this book and had to add a review…

I read this book well over 20 years ago. So, I can’t say anything about the typical stuff that I’d normally evaluate a book on – except for impact. After 20+ years, this story is still bouncing around my head. I don’t remember all the characters and plot details, but I remember how it made me feel. I remember the basic story. And, I know that I want to hand it to my kids as part of their introduction to science fiction. I’m tempted to go back and read it again, but I’d hate to ruin the good memories I’ve got from this series – in case that 20+ years has been harder on my memory than I thought. :o)

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Recommended for younger readers, especially boys.