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When the Tripods Came [Mass Market Paperback]

John Christopher
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April 2003 Tripods (Book 1)
A novel which is set before the author's "Tripods" trilogy. It tells what happened when the Tripods actually arrived on Earth and how they first succeeded in imposing their rule over humans.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reissue edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689857624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689857621
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 10.6 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to the Tripods trilogy 30 Jan 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a prequel to the popular set of novels written by John Christopher. After loving the orignals for many years I heard that there was a prequel and I found it. The book is an interesting read for Tripods fans and helps to fill in some of the gaps hinted at by the other books. However there isn't any real insight because we know the story already, it was told to us by Will's master in the City of Gold and Lead.
The main complaint I have with this book is that it is written for younger readers than the Tripods trilogy. The original novels were aimed at 9+ year olds. This is more 7+. Fans who love the orignal book could be disappointed with this because it is so much more juvinile. Most people will look to this one AFTER they have read the first, simply because the originals are so much more well known. There is a big gap between literature for 7 year olds and 9 year olds. Children look down books that they see as "babyish", and many children will see this book in that way. I have absolutely no idea why John Christopher chose to make this book for younger readers.
But as it goes this book isn't too bad and does it's job well. It is more of a present day setting that the original trilogy so some children may be able to relate to it more. I like the guilible teacher who mocks the Tripods who eventually gets taken away to a madhouse. He obviously represents the critics who panned the 1980's Tripods TV series.
An interesting read for Tripods fans, but nowhere near the standard of the original trilogy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to the Tripods Trilogy 18 July 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is Actually a Prequel to the John Christopher Tripods Trilogy, and goes a long way to explaining how the tripods took over the Earth and why the last remaining free men are hiding out in the White mountains. If you have already read the other three books in the series, you may be a little disappointed in this book. It is by no means a necessary read and merely fills in some of the details that are hinted at in the Tripods Trilogy. If you are a Tripods fan then you will no doubt purchase this book to make sure your collection is complete, however I feel that it does not quite match the standard of the other books in the Series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
John Christopher's original "Tripods" trilogy has become a classic, and rightly so: A boy in a kind-of-medieval society discovers that the local rite of passage would end in him being a rather peaceful, unobstrusive, obedient and quiet conformer. And a follower of the Tripods, metallic giants everyone seems to take for granted.

In the course of the trilogy, the boy escapes, finds new friends and learns about the eventual plans of the Tripods - it's still a thrilling, great science fiction story especially for younger readers.

"When the Tripods came" is a prequel that sheds light on the original Tripod invasion, how and why they could win it, and other questions the original trilogy did not address. It's more a crossing of the t's and dotting of the i's than a must-read, and if you know the original trilogy, you will probably guess right what will happen most of the time. It's a bit like visiting a place where you grew up.

Still, the book contains some very interesting ideas, and makes a good travel companion (for a short trip or a long flight). The book is primarily aimed at teens; but even if you are a Tripods veteran who has long passed age 20 you will probably enjoy it - like in the original trilogy, the plot is coherent enough and the characters believable enough so that the whole story works just fine.

And if you have children of your own who you would like to introduce to a classic, this (sadly: rather short) book is a good starting point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tripods the begining 6 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent book, which explains just how the tripods took over our world.
You also learn how the resistance movement against the tripods started.
I would have been nice to read this book before reading the White Mountains - if it had existed all those years ago.
All in all highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What happened when the Tripods came? 26 July 2012
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I remember years ago watching the tv series of the Tripods on tv and being totally engrossed - I was horrified when it seemed to disappear off the screen without a resolution to the story. Years later, I now know that the series was discontinued - why, I'll never understand - it was fantastic viewing and a great story.

It's been great to be able to get hold of the original books that inspired that tv series, and I'm starting with the prequel When The Tripods Came. This story is written from the perspective of Laurie, a teenager in the late twentieth century, who, with his friend Andy, are among the first to see the first Tripod which arrives in England. Simultaneous events occur around the world, and then the Tripods seem to be destroyed - but have they found what they were looking for? And could they come back? (Well, we know they do! But that doesn't detract from the fun of reading about it.)

This is pitched at a level of reading of younger readers, but for those who have fond memories of the Tripods and want to revisit their story, this is still a great fun read. Looking forward to getting on to the trilogy now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb prequel 15 Nov 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Does just what a prequel should do. Fills in the gaps in the history of the later books and tells a superb story along the way
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I sat and read this book in one sitting, and this is how i feel afterwards, who are the aliens? what do they want. are these questions answered in the next book.?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable prequel
This is a prequel to the author's Tripods trilogy, published twenty years (1988) after that trilogy (1967/8) and after the TV adaptation of the first two books. Read more
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I had thought when i bought the book it was about how it all began but it went into more detail of how the free men began then the Tripods themselves so slightly disappointed with... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by K. Tribble
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Tripods Came
This is an excellent "prequal" to the Tripods trilogy, and gives an explanation for how the tripods were able to conquer the human race and drive them back to a much less... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Ms. Elise Hey
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Kind of an fourth entry into the original Tripods Trilogy, this story begins in contemporary times to show the reader exactly how the human race became enslaved by the mysterious... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Something is not right in England.

Laurie's little sister recently started watching a show called Trippies. One day, she disappears. Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by TeensReadToo
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