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The initial Tripod invasion of Earth seems laughable: armed forces overwhelm two of the giant attackers, and the third simply self-destructs. But when TV stations all over the world begin to broadcast the Trippy Show, the fanscalled Trippiesare hypnotized and flock to Trippy communes. By the time the second Tripod invasion begins, the Trippies greet the aliens as saviors and eagerly don the brainwashing caps provided them. Realizing that they can no longer stay in England and remain uncapped, Laurie and his family journey to Switzerland. When Switzerland falls under the Tripods' spell, Laurie, accompanied by two other boys, flees with his family to a remote spot in the Alps. The small band resolves to devote their lives to fighting the Tripods and thus form the core of the resistance movement that figures in the author's Tripods trilogy. Like those books, this fast-paced adventure explores serious issues of freedom and morality, creating a welcome prequel to the series. Ages 9-14.
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John Christopher was the pseudonym of Samuel Youd, who was born in Lancashire, England, in 1922. He was the author of more than fifty novels and novellas, as well as numerous short stories. His most famous books include The Death of Grass, the Tripods trilogy, The Lotus Caves, and The Guardians.See all Editorial Reviews
This book was awesome. I liked it a lot. The book club that I'm in liked it a lot too.Published 25 days ago by B. Machi
Well written for the target audience. A bit thin for a fifty-something, but I loved it as a kid.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Each part of the Tripods series is fantastic, and this prequel is no exception - it completely rocks!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Surferofromantica
Others have recommended reading "The Tripods" trilogy before reading this prequel. Even so, readers should not pass up this book just because they have read the trilogy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard
Read this book as a kid and I wanted to relive the experience. 20 years later it is still one of my faborite books. The narrator for the Audible version is fantastic.Published 10 months ago by Cassie
I was so hopeful! I wanted to know where they came from and why they came but I didn't get answers. It was well written and a quick read. Read in a few hours. Read morePublished 12 months ago by paragirl