- 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: 4.4 x 2.4 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"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.Read more ›
The story is written to make you think, and there are several metaphors for modern life throughout the series.
I highly recommend this to anyone who's a fan of books like "Ender's Game." It has the same feel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well loved series from my Childhood; I was pleased my 12 year old grandson enjoyed it as much as I did as a child. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chip Cooper
My husband enjoyed this set as a kid and wanted to get it for our youngest. Since we have a lot of books, it's nice to have a box to keep them looking nice. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by E. Lantz
I remember the first time I read these, I was about 10. They really got my imagination going as I figured out through the descriptions how these youths started their epic journey... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Steven Burgess