In the second book of John Christopher's classic series, Will Parker and his cohorts have spent a year living among the free men in the White Mountains. The Resistance charges them, now wearing realistic yet harmless caps, to infiltrate a Tripod city by competing in a sporting exhibition called "the Games" (very similar in nature to the Summer Olympics), in which the winners of the events are to be offered to the Tripods for service.
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Mr. Christopher introduces science fiction to preteens with out trauma, lust or harsh violence. He accomplishes it in a well written style that draws children in and allows them to enjoy reading.
I didn't read the Tripod series when I was a boy, but when I was 37. However, this doesn't really matter at all as these books are great no matter what your age. I wish I had come across these books when I was growing up - I would have loved them!
In The City of Gold and Lead, the boys must compete in "the games" and enter one of the cities where "the Masters" live. Here they work as slaves and must find some way to escape with the intelligence they have acquired about the alien overlords.
Personally I liked this one the best out of the trilogy. I enjoyed experiencing the alien city from the boys' eyes and learning more about "the masters". Check this series out, you won't regret it!
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
My son and I enjoyed this series 20 years ago and I bought it again partly for nostalgia, and partly to augment the paper version in my library now that I have another child approaching the age where she might enjoy this book.
My only gripe is the petulance and negativity of the main character, who never seems to learn the lesson of thinking positively and always seems to interpret things in the worst light. Not remembering precisely how I felt as at that age, I've given the author the benefit of the doubt on this, but it is a little hard to take.
We love this trilogy! My 12 year old son couldn't wait to get back in the car after school and listen to more. My 15 year old daughter was not opposed to listening. Each book has left us wanting more.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This review will cover the prequel (When the Tripods Came) and the trilogy (The White Mountains, The City of Gold, and The Pool of Fire.) These are all more than slightly dated, quite British, and definitely pre-teen fare. A very young male audience may enjoy this series. I found the story modestly interesting but more than a bit derivative and conventional.
The prequel can be read before the trilogy, but it does not add much that is not described in the trilogy. The characters in the prequel are less developed, the action less compelling, and the story more predictable than the trilogy. The trilogy has decent British boy character development, and an interesting story with some (not very intense) action and a few interesting twists. Perhaps being written in the 60???s is some excuse for weak science (but there is a lot of great pre-60???s science fiction.)
"A whole new world."
The audio books and my kindle have opened up a whole new world to me. Having had reading difficulties throughout my early life I am now able to enter a whole realm of adventure. I have devoured the Tripods series The City of Gold and Lead is the second book and continues the longing to follow Will's challenges and struggles to evade capture; to escape; his life as a slave to discover the Tripods life style. I never ever considered I would become a bookworm but I'm well and truly hooked and can't wait to listen to the next chapters. If you like adventure, science fiction and suspense, the whole series is a must and i'm so glad I purchased them.
"The best book of the trilogy!"
For me, this is the best book in the Trilogy - it's got everything a reader could want - suspense, mystery, revelation, and adventure. Highly recommended.
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