The story of The Tripods was the basis of a popular BBC television series in the 1980s, in which humanity has been conquered and enslaved by "the tripods", unseen alien entities that travel about in gigantic three-legged walking machines. Humans are controlled from the age of 14 by implants called "caps", which suppress curiosity and creativity and leave recipients placid and docile, incapable of dissent.
In this first instalment of the classic book that inspired the series, 14-year-old Laurie and his family attempt to flee England when the Tripods descend from outer space.
©1988 Samuel Youd (P)2011 Audible Ltd
"'Tacked on' to the Trilogy"
This is mediocre book, and sadly nowhere near the standard of the original Trilogy. You don't gain much insight, if any, by reading it. It only slightly elaborates on things that were actually best left hinted at in the Trilogy. Some character's are shallow and pointless and the whole book just feels like a bit of an afterthought, trying to make a little go a long way. I prefer to think of the Tripods as just a Trilogy, without a prequel.
This was a great book, I listened to it again and again and again and again and again.
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