The Marbury Lens
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2010-11-09
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Okay. So this is how it all started. One day I saw Marbury up for grabs in a Goodreads contest. I was enthralled with the cover! I knew I just HAD to read that book. I entered. I did not win. Still driven to read this novel, I pre-ordered THE MARBURY LENS from Amazon. I read TML the day it arrived a...
Well this book was just a complete train-wreck. Honestly: OUCHIE WOWCHI.I had loads of problems with the book but here are the top three:1) The plot was POINTLESS. It had no direction of any kind.. I never knew what we were trying to accomplish and it made me feel disconnected to the story and perpe...
I don't even know what to say about Andrew Smith's "The Marbury Lens". Because this is one of those novels where I'm sitting right on the fence and I'm not apt to fall on either side - like or dislike. I had my share of problems with this novel, but I was also impressed with it in others. I'm so c...
Why is it that other forms of entertainment have warnings on the labels but books don't? Movies and video games have ratings that state what the rating is there for, whether it be for explicit language, nudity, sexual content, violence, etc. Using that scale, this should be rated R. It should NOT...
This book is not for me. I read the whole thing, hoping it would get better, or that there would be a single part of the book I enjoyed, but neither of those things happened. I didn't like any of the characters. I could understand Jack being messed up after his encounter with Freddie, but honestly, ...