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10 thoughts on “The City of Gold and Lead

  1. says:

    Having by the skin of their teeth survived a cross-continental walk to freedom from the mind-control of the Tripods, Will and his friends now volunteer to risk their lives by joining those who enter the alien city as slaves of the Masters. First they must make another arduous journey and then triumph at an athletic competition designed to select the best and strongest specimens to serve the invaders. But getting into the city is the least horrible of the dangers that wait for the boys... Tense and creepy.


  2. says:

    This was always my favorite from this trilogy. Maybe it's because the terror is so immediate and the danger is distilled to its essence. The aliens are terrifying and real, their city has a personality of its own, and Will remains a fascinating and flawed hero.


  3. says:

    I have re-read these books several times over the years, and they have stood up quite well. They're quite suspenseful and interesting, without being over-the-top preachy, which a book like this easily could be. What stood out to me this time was their amazing economy. They're only around 100 pages each, yet they don't feel like slight books in any way.


  4. says:

    The second book of the Tripods Trilogy, The City of Gold and Lead continues the science fiction adventure that began with The White Mountains. The world has been taken over by aliens who rule in large, three-legged machines. Humans are controlled by metal caps, which are melded to their skulls at the age of 14. Will, the main character, is a young man who is part of a small group of free men, who have escaped the capping process and live secretly in the mountains. In The City of Gold and Lead, Will and another boy are sent to be slaves in the city of the alien “Masters,” as they call themselves, to gather information and report back. The dangerous journey provides a frightening look at the dark reality that the Masters have created for the humans.

    Much like The White Mountains, I found this book to be an exciting and engaging read. The plot is adventurous and fast paced, but the themes of humanity and freedom are still just as evident, making this book stand as something that is filled with thrilling adventure and a thought provoking depth. The biggest difference in The City of Gold and Lead is that it is much more rooted in the science fiction genre than The White Mountains was. We learn much more about the alien Masters, their city, and their technologies in this book, although Christopher manages to inject enough plot movement to make sure that it never becomes too slow.

    Recommended for children and tween readers who enjoyed The White Mountains. Those who enjoy adventurous page turners, especially boys, will enjoy these timeless thrillers. I also think that, although this is a children’s book, the combination of action and depth makes this an enjoyable read for teens and adults who are open to reading younger people’s literature.


  5. says:

    This some badass, excellen' sci-fi, hee-ya. Book Two of the trilogy about a century from now when mankind is slave to the Tripods, giant war machines that control men through Caps which are ritualistically affixed to their skulls at adolescence. The three teenagers from the first book who make it to the White Mountains, where a small band of free people are trying to free the earth are at their zany hijinks again! This time they enter a pseudo-Olympics thing fake-Capped and get inside one of the cities of the Tripods where they discover the horrible shit that is actually happening: the real rulers are these fucking hideous and weird aliens called The Masters. Humans are their slaves in the city whose artificial gravity and sweltering heat (hence the title) kill you after about a year of glorious servitude to your Master. The narrator, Will, figures out all kinds of shit and offers that neat fish-in-the-frying-pan wide-eyed view of this most alien badassitude.


  6. says:

    This is the second installment in the Tripods trilogy. It is my favorite book of the trilogy and is still as much fun 20 years from when I first read it.

    Will, Beanpole, and Henry are training for the games in hopes that one of them will make it into a city of the Tripods and be able to escape to provide vital intelligence to the human resistance.

    The description of what happens in the Tripods city is amazing and interesting. I remember reading this when I was younger and finding it absolutely fascinating. The end of the book leaves you hanging and wondering what will happen. It is a fast-paced book with amazing detail as to the Tripod race

    This is a wonderful creative series; that still inspires curiosity of the unknown. It is a trilogy that seems to withstand time. I can't wait to read the last book in the series.


  7. says:

    This was my favorite book in the series.

    It gives us our first glimpse into the lives of the Masters, and what an unusual glimpse it is. The world building for the city is one of the most interesting takes on an alien society I've seen yet, even after having seen many since. The visuals conjured in my mind by the author's word are something I can still recall 20+ years after reading it.

    I think this book is also interesting in that it reveals that the evil alien overlords aren't all completely evil. The one the main character is stuck with is actually halfway decent. As far as alien slave masters go.

    One of my favorite, early sci-fi reads.


  8. says:

    My favourite of the series. For me, it seemed the author was drawing a correlation between the aliens (called the Master's) and human beings. Very good character developement for a kids book. I liked that the protagonist was flawed and pointedly so - I thought that was unusual for a kids book OR for that matter an adult book.


  9. says:

    I read this book when I was a kid back in the 70s, not realizing that it was book 2 of a trilogy. Now I've decided to go back and read them in order. All I could remember from my first reading was giant triangular aliens (I think I made that part up), a green domed city, and a boy escaping underwater.

    This held up pretty well to a re-read. Yes it's a bit dated, but I think it can be viewed as a (under appreciated) classic now.

    To my surprise, in the author's preface to my edition, he says that when he first wrote "White Mountains," he had not intended it to be a series. That's probably why there's a slightly different feel in that first book, which is more of a "boy's adventure" tale, and this book, which is a straight up "covert ops resisting the alien invaders" story (always a favorite trope of mine!)


  10. says:

    One foot follows another, steady, against gravity, hardship. Overall sad struggle for boy. Hero plods, writing does not. Friends, old and new, are killed by aliens. In few years, Earth will be converted to poison.

    Fate of mankind looks bleak. We suffer events to see impetuous boy grow patient, cross bridge for sequel. How else will we know if reckless lazy selfish child learns qualities demonstrated by fellows, matures? (Spoilers have another reason.)

    Will, trained as boxer, narrates being chosen by rebel leader Julian, with pal 'Beanpole' Jean-Paul jumper, and taciturn Fritz Eger p 16 racer. Winners of Games in Germany enter City adapted to alien invaders, who conquered Earth 100 years ago by mind control. Subjects, temporarily hypnotized via televised entertainment, forced others to wear metal Caps. Now rapturously obedient, Capping is celebrated at age 14 ritual.

    Under dome of gold, breathers on faces filter toxic air for Game winners, but oppressive gravity ("lead" of title), heat, humidity, whippings, overuse, wear slaves out. Only nourishment is dry tasteless wafer and powder to mix with water. After year or two, Capped gladly suicide at Place of Happy Release.

    (view spoiler)