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The Tripods Boxed Set of 4: When the Tripods Came/ the White Mountains/ the City of Gold and Lead/ the Pool of Fire Mass Market Paperback – Box set, April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: The Tripods
  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Box edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689027737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689027734
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Ten years ago I read the tripod series for the first time, and i still can't put them down!
Rachel MacNeill
Don't underestimate this as a young adult book series - buy them for your kids, and then read them yourself!
R. A. Buley Neumar
When I was a kid, I didn't realize that books got this good, and I'm still blown away when I read them.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
John Christopher's Tripod series has become a classic in science fiction, a haunting and often grim look at a future where free will is gone and the Earth has stagnated under alien rule. While the books aren't amazing, they are solid and very interesting.
"When the Tripods Came" is a haunting look at an alien invasion that no one could have expected. In the not-too-distant future, strange three-legged machines descend on Earth, only to be destroyed. Then a mysterious TV show mesmerizes many people, followed by a second wave of Tripods -- these welcomed by the eager citizens of Earth. Laurie and his friends must try to escape....
"The White Mountains" takes place long after the prequel. Earth has lost disease, war, hunger, misery... and life. Though people go about their everyday activities, the enormous alien Tripods have effectively stagnated human civilization -- through the mind-controlling Caps. Thirteen-year-old Will is creeped-out by the Caps (which has evolved into a rite of passage) and when he learns of a human stronghold unaffected by the Tripods, he and his friends set out to find them.
"The City of Gold And Lead" is the destination of Will, Henry and Beanpole, in the Games that are held every year for young men. The victor will be taken to the City of the Tripods, and may gain valuable information about these alien invaders. The problem is, when a person enters the City, he doesn't return again. And the information Will finds may be the most dangerous and valuable yet.
"The Pool of Fire" wraps up the series effectively. Will has made his escape and is hurrying back with a terrifying revelation: The invaders are planning to effectively kill off the human race by changing the atmosphere.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dykhuis VINE VOICE on July 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I do not think there are three juvenile novels that I enjoy nearly as much as these three. The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire are absolutely perfect examples of Juvenile fiction. The books teach moral lessons as well as tell a rip roaring good tale.

Without giving to much plot away this tale is covers a not too distant future when Aliens who roam the Earth in giant Tripods rule the land. Every person who reaches puberty is capped and their mind is controlled or at least molded by the Tripods.

These three books follow a group of runaways and rebels who have never been capped and who desperately want to free Earth and its inhabitants. This band of rebels must find a way to defeat the Aliens without knowing who they are, what there weaknesses are or any worthwhile knowledge. On top of this the `rebels' have to defeat these space age aliens with technology at roughly 19th century levels.

These books are even more remarkable as they were written in the late 60's. I first read these books as a cartoon serial in `Boys Life' in the early 80's. I enjoyed the tale back then and still enjoy the stories now. I highly recommend all these books for kids and or there parents. Read and enjoy.=
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2000
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I read the trilogy (actually #2, #3, and #4) years ago in school and was overjoyed to find this new boxed set! The first book was great to read - always wondered how the world got to the state it was in at the start of The White Mountains.
Anyway, don't be put off by the YA label - that is hogwash! I enjoyed it more this time around than I did years ago in school, and I understood and appreciated a heck of alot more of it this time.
The books are certainly very thought provoking, exploring the essence of free will and its value. Also explores question of nationalism vs. uniting mankind for the greater good. I just can't say enough, I am so glad I ordered this set! :)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on May 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first time I read these books was when I was in grade school, and for years I could remember the story but not the book titles. Finding them on Amazon and reading them again after all these years was a joy.
The author weaves a tale of adventure that will captivate young people and adults alike. The perspective is that of a young boy who lives in a future Earth in which an alien race has
conquered earth and controls humans through mind control devices that force allegiance to the alien race and the Tripod machines they travel in. Despite the technology of the alien race, humans live as they did in the middle ages. The story is about this young man's journey and how teams of free young people, not under the influence of the mind control, try and destroy the alien cities and free humanity.
The books were written in the late 1960's so some of the symbolism of the decade reveals itself, although subtly. The most powerful aspects of the book series are the depictions of the landscape and the alien city conditions and the coming of age of this young man. The author captures the thoughts and emotions of this central character quite well.
The "newest" book, written as a prequel to the "White Mountains" series, was written well after the other three books and as a result has a different feel and tone. It is a "throw in" for the set, but doesn't add much value.
Overall, a fun and enjoying read for all ages.
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