The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

The Marbury LensDescription taken from Goodreads.com 16 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.

 First I have to say that I have never read a Young Adult book with so many Swear words! I think that a total count of this novel would be in the 1000s. As the book does include sex, swearing and a ugly kidnapping I of course would only recommend this one to more mature teens.
The characters in this book are very relatable, (in the real world) the writing was awesome and the storyline was unforgettable. Through the lens, Marbury is a very disturbing world to be taken into and the traveling through the worlds becomes addicting. The real life story and the Marbury stories are both very intriguing and I found this a completely engrossing book. I know several people that I will be recommending this book to, but it def. requires a certain taste in books. Nevertheless I found myself thinking about it when I was not reading it and will pick it up again in the near future.

 

 

 

 


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