As you know, I love “The White Mountains” and the other Tripod books. (Actually I have purposefully avoided the prequel.)
But, my purpose this week is to get people to pull other Christopher books off the shelf.
(These books had great old covers, but I love these newer ones, too.)
Let’s start with “The Sword of the Spirits Trilogy” which may even be better than the Tripods. It’s certainly stranger and more challenging.
The setting: In the future, after man’s technology has destroyed civilization, a new, medieval-ish society scorns technology.
The plot: Oh man, I hate to give anything away that’s going to ruin your enjoyment of the book. The story is both huge and small, involving wars and personal problems. And then there’s the big secret. And you’ll never forget what is seen through the telescope.
And a kid is at the center of it all. A kid that readers will identify with even as he….
The difference between Christopher’s kidlit and adult books, seems to me to be that his adult books can be extremely disturbing.
This series is in between. It may be the most upsetting of any of his work for young people. (With the possible exception of Dom and Va.)
Reading these books as an adult I kept waiting for the moral, waiting for the voice to say this is right and that’s wrong and lessons have been learned. But not here. The challenge is for the reader to work all that out on their own.