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John Christopher

Sam Youd is a British writer who went by many different names, Christopher Samuel Youd and John Christopher to mention two of his quite famous pen names. He was born on 16 April 1922 and departed this world on 3 February 2012. During his profession as a writer he was able to win the Guardian Prize and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize).

His works are still popular among readers in many different countries. He had the talent to depict a maybe not so far-fetched future in his stories to warn humanity of the possible outcomes of its technological advances.

One of his most notable works is The Tripods trilogy. The series consists of three books: The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire.

The trilogy is set in a world that is similar to pre-industrial age. Men and women working in farms to make a living, people getting around on horses and carriages and are using candles and medieval weapons to fight darkness. There is however, a huge difference between this age and medieval ages. There were no aliens controlling human species back then, but now humans are governed by mysterious creatures that descended the skies in tripods.

The series revolves mainly around the story of the protagonist “Will’. At the age of thirteen humans will go through a ceremony in which they are attached a device that give aliens complete control over them and rubs them off their free will.

But with a turn of events Will and some of his friends manage to escape and join the resistance in “The White Mountains”. The story of Will and his friends continues in “The City of Gold and Lead’ and “The Pool of Fire” where the future of humanity is once and for all decided.