Tripods

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 309 ratings

When the Tripods Came Summary

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.

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  • Book .5

    • When the Tripods Came

    • Tripods Series Prequel (Book 4)
    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    The story of The Tripods was the basis of a popular BBC television series in the 1980s, where humanity has been conquered and enslaved by "the tripods", unseen alien entities that travel about in gigantic three-legged walking machines.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 'Tacked on' to the Trilogy

    • By Jon on 12-04-13

    Regular price: £6.99

  • Book 1

    • The White Mountains

    • Tripods Series, Book 1
    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    In the first book of John Christopher's classic series, it is the year 2100, and the world is controlled by the machines called Tripods. Life goes on largely as it had in the pre-industrial era, as all of humanity is subject to mental controls which prevent anyone from challenging the established order.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Anjum on 21-03-11

    Regular price: £8.99

  • Book 2

    • The City of Gold and Lead

    • Tripods Series, Book 2
    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A whole new world.

    • By S Owen on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £8.99

  • Book 3

    • The Pool of Fire

    • Tripods Series, Book 3
    • By: John Christopher
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    In the final book of John Christopher's classic series, Will Parker returns to the headquarters of the Resistance after several months in the City of Gold and Lead. He travels to Eastern Europe and the Middle East to set up resistance cells with young boys who question the power of the Tripods. When they are able to capture one of the Tripod 'Masters', they unlock a secret that they use in attempt to finally wrest control of the earth from the Tripods, and maybe - just maybe - save humanity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not Just for Young Adults

    • By Conphused on 09-12-16

    Regular price: £8.99