31 January 2008
5. The Pool of Fire by John Christopher
The stunning conclusion to the Tripods trilogy, and a satisfying end at that.
Everyone is back, Will, Beanpole, and Henry. And again, I hesitate to mention any element of the plot because it will spoil this book and the second.
This final installment tells the tale of the continuing free-human resistance to the Tripods. And it also begins to outline possible conflicts of a post-occupation world. Ah, the possibilities of a blank slate. Ah, the perils of the lack of tradition and the excesses bound to be a result of a long oppression.
But, really, The Pool of Fire is about the fight between a society with high technology and a scattered, moderately organized society of low technology. And the first 46 pages or so details how this moderate organization works. It's almost Qaeda-like in its simplicity.
There were more than a few pleasant surprises along the way. I recommend all three books.
Sending them out to Mt Benson tomorrow!