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Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury.
There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younger boys. Conner is there, too. But he’s trying to kill them.
Meanwhile, Jack is falling in love with an English girl, and afraid he’s losing his mind.
Conner tells Jack it’s going to be okay.
But it’s not.
Andrew Smith has written his most beautiful and personal novel yet, as he explores the nightmarish outer limits of what trauma can do to our bodies and our minds.
On a number of levels, The Marbury Lens is an attempt on my part to reconnect with many of the experiences I went through as a teenager.
At that time, I was quite a fan of horror stories. In particular, I think I read every book Stephen King put out as soon as they'd hit the shelves. So, I always wanted to write something that would scare the daylights out of me -- if I could somehow be transported back in time to those years.
More than that, like Jack Whitmore, the narrator of The Marbury Lens, I also went through some tough and terrifying experiences as a teen. So the novel is, in many ways, very personal, which, I think, helps pull readers in to the very dark worlds Jack unwillingly travels through.
I sometimes feel guilty about how stingy I am with five-star reviews. I give them, but a story really needs to be fairly flawless AND suck me in—so both well executed AND my thing…... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hart Johnson
It was great. Still have some questions I want answered but it was great. It has curse words so beware. Other than that it was great.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have to accept this book is interesting, I read it in 3 days during a trip, it is easy to read and it has short chapters. Read more
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith explores the terrifying experiences of a teen dealing with a horrifying experience. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annette Lamb
Highly recommended to all..especially Andrew Smith fans. Unique story, great characters and super writing makes this one of my favorite books.Published 6 months ago by SSWILKIE
After loving the humor and characterization in Grasshopper Jungle, I had to keep reading Andrew Smith's works. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tim C. Ward
Not recommended for the sensitive reader. Only for mature readers! Lots of graphic scenes (revolving around death, destruction, and apocalyptic type scenarios), endless and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alyce Junker
It's been a long time since I've had a book keep me up all night. I couldn't put this one down though. Be warned it is intense, heartbreaking, and quite graphic. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joe Reynolds