The White MountainsBook - 1967
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.
Simon and Schuster
On an Earth where the Tripods -- huge, three -- legged machines -- have ruled for as long as anyone can remember, thirteen-year-old Will harbors fears about the Capping ceremony he will soon undergo.Capping marks the transition from childhood into adulthood, but it also has a more sinister meaning: It is the Tripods who attach the metal headpieces to people's skulls, and once Capped, a person is forever a slave to them. As Will learns the truth, he realizes that he must escape while his mind is still his own. With two companions, he begins a journey across Europe to find the stronghold of the last free people in the world -- in the White Mountains of Switzerland. Thirty-five years after its original publication, we are proud to offer this anniversary edition of The White Mountains, featuring a new preface from John Christopher, as well as the author's fully revised text, available in the United States for the first time.
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Tripods have controlled the minds of anyone 14 or older for generations. But Will refuses to be controlled, especially after seeing what it does to his cousin, who once shared similar beliefs. After receiving strange instructions from a strange man, Will sets out for the safe haven in the White Mountains with cousin Henry and later Beanpole the French boy. Tripods are after them. What will they do? who were the Ancients? And is the trio strong enough to go on?
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