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One of the Best SF Stories Ever,
This review is from: The White Mountains (Mass Market Paperback)
This is one of those times when five stars just ain't enough.
"The White Mountains" is a fantastic science fiction adventure with deeply poigniant, sociological meaning. It's a fast-paced, thrilling, and thought-provoking story of young people fleeing enslavement, set in a world in which humanity has been conquered by giant machines called the "Tripods" and forced back into a technologically-regressed, feudal state through "Capping," the process by which mind-control devices are implanted directly onto the human skull.
Although its target audience is adolescents, particularly boys (I first read it around age 11), "The White Mountains" is one of those books like "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," "A Wrinkle in Time," and "Harry Potter" that is so remarkably well-written that it captivates children and adults alike.
But, like they say on "Reading Rainbow," you don't have to take MY word for it. Next time you're at the bookstore, pull "The White Mountains" off the shelf (it's usually in the "Young Adult" section) and flip ahead to Chapter 5, "The City of the Ancients." By itself, that chapter is one of the best science fiction short stories ever written. If you can leave the store without "The White Mountains" after that, get a mirror and check your scalp -- you've probably been Capped.