The Marbury Lens

The Marbury Lens
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Age Range
14+
Release Date
November 09, 2010
ISBN
978-1441888396
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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.

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Dark and Heartfelt
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The Marbury Lens is a brutal, intense book. You will cringe, you will cry, you might laugh, and you will definitely feel uncomfortable. Jack is endearing, despite the incredible hardships he must go through. Follow him into the world of Marbury, if you dare!
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Weird, but good.
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This book is disturbing at times, but I guess I'm just freaky enough to keep reading at a speeding pace. It was a new plot, I will say that. I loved Jack, really, he was such a great character. But Conner, he I could have done without. Marbury was such a scary place, but that was my favorite place to be in this novel!
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