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The White Mountains por John Christopher
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The White Mountains (original 1967; edição 1976)

por John Christopher (Autor)

Séries: The Tripods (1)

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Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants.
Membro:Griffin22
Título:The White Mountains
Autores:John Christopher (Autor)
Informação:HAMLYN (1976), Edition: New Edition, 160 pages
Colecções:Science fiction, A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:***1/2
Etiquetas:sci-fi, YA, Tripods 1

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The White Mountains por John Christopher (1967)

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    The War of the Worlds por H. G. Wells (Cecrow)
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    Uglies por Scott Westerfeld (KingRat)
    KingRat: The White Mountains contains issues similar to those of Uglies: secret control of a society, "mind control", induction into that society, and rebellion against it while pretending to be a member. There are obvious major differences too. Still, enough similarities in style and substance that I suspect people who enjoy one will enjoy the other.… (mais)
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It's been a long time since I read this book, and recently I've run out of books and needed a physical book (not a book saved on my iPad) that wasn't related to work or flying to read. This was one of my few options, so I decided to pick it up and read it.

While I can't deny the impact this book had on my life when I first read it 25 years ago, it's hard to read it now and come to the same conclusion, and not just because I'm older now. Other than Will's mom, there is one female character in this book, and she is notable for not being able to catch Will's watch, which subsequently falls into a lake. That's it. When I was a kid I remember picturing myself as a female version of Beanpole and daydreaming about having adventures like the kids in this book, and that was OK with me then. It's not OK with me any more.

That said, the pace of the book is still engaging, and the plot was interesting enough. Even though I knew what the outcome would be, I didn't remember the details, and found the book to be relatively diverting. ( )
  lemontwist | Sep 19, 2021 |
Title: The White Mountains
Author: John Christopher

Premise: Aliens have taken over the Earth and rule humanity by forcing what remains of the population to wear mind-controlling caps that are installed at age 14. But some men are willing and able to fight back.

Setting: A future England and France which is at an almost Medieval level of technology.

Plot: Will is almost 14, the age when humans are to undergo the capping ceremony which will turn them into productive human cattle of the alien overlords. After talking with a man who is somehow free from the control of the cap, Will is determined to escape his destiny as a mind-controlled drone, and join the free men in the White Mountains. The book follows his journey across sea and land as he makes his way to the fabled ‘free land.’ Along the way he makes friends and meets a girl, and he must choose whether to stay with his companions or continue with his journey.

Characters: Almost all the characters are white and male, which is disturbing but reflective of the time it was written. Will, the protagonist, is a believable self-centered impetuous teen who is nevertheless brave and generous when it occurs to him. Other human characters are fairly sketchy, and there’s little in the way of character development. The mechanical Tripods are wonderful as alien villains, especially as we’re never quite sure whether they are alive or simply machines.

Prose: Straightforward and unornamented. I wasn’t ever struck by a particular piece of language or narrative, but it does the job of relating this action-based tale.

Commentary: I read this for the first time in the late seventies and loved the adventure and scary alien overlords. Now, the ideas aren’t original anymore, and the lack of diversity is notable. The story is unsophisticated without much of a character arc. That said, it’s still an enjoyable read. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Aug 30, 2021 |
Someone mentioned this at bookclub and it came up from my memory hole as something I read as a kid. However, nothing in this read was familiar so maybe I had just heard of it. It's a very interesting premise but it does seem like a book for kids(which it is). I think as adult science fiction there would be far more development of the society and slow realization of the Tripods and the Capping by Will. Instead, it just plunges away. Parts of it are very evocative and the world of living under the unacknowledged rule of the Tripods feels like a real place but sometimes he just skips things. But I still put a hold on book 2 of the trilogy.
  amyem58 | Jun 9, 2021 |
I read this book at night to my kids (we took some breaks and I also read other books as well). We all really enjoyed reading this book, which is an adventure of 3 boys in a post-apocalyptic world.

I first encountered this book when I was a boy, 9 or 10, reading Boys Life Magazine. It was a serial comic at that time and I loved it. I remember reading it and talking to my cousin about it and finding out that it was based on a novel, or a series of novels. I was so excited, especially when I found the books at my local library.

I have re-read this series many times and enjoy it each time. The struggle for freedom expressed it the book is particularly poignant to me.

One thing I noticed particularly this time is that these long adventures against the odds are not all fun filled. The characters deal with many different set backs including fatigue, hunger, and illness. The depiction of these things brings a degree of reality to me. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
Read this when I was 10 or 11. I have remembered it ever since as an invigorating and frighting read. No idea what it would be like to read 25 years later, but it was a not-fun-but-terrifying YA level read. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
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