Long Ago, The Tripods—huge, three-legged machines—descended upon Earth and took control. People no longer understand automation nor machines, and unquestioningly accept the Tripods' power.
But for a time in each person's life—in childhood—he is not a slave. Will still has time to escape.Collier - 2nd edition 1988
Will Parker lives in an enslaved world. Long ago, the Tripods—huge, three-legged machines—descended upon Earth and took control. People no longer understand automation nore machines, and unquestioningly accept the Tripods' power.
But for a time in each person's life—in childhood, before the 'Capping' ceremony that stops him from questioning—he is not a slave. And Will has not yet been Capped. He still has time to escape.
"Strong in action and suspense, this science fiction tale of the twenty-first century describes a world where human life and thought are controlled. To escape this fate, three boys go on a long, dangerous journey." —School Library JournalCollier - 2nd edition 1988
"A gripping, provocative science fiction tale." —Booklist
"A heartstopping odyssey of escape." —NewsdayCollier - 1980
John Christopher's compelling science fiction saga about the interplanetary Tripods and Masters who threaten all life on earth
"This enthralling tale is set a century hence, when our world has been enslaved by Tripods... Only in Switzerland... do men still live in precarious freedom. Will Parker... sets out from his English village for Switzerland. He is joined by two more boys... and their journey is unfolded for us by a master storyteller." —Chicago Tribune