The Marbury Lens

The Marbury Lens

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A 16-year-old boy who escapes a kidnapper thinks he can forget his trauma, but instead, he loses his grip on reality and believes he's part of an alternate world called Marbury.

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.

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.

"An engrossing horror/fantasy hybrid...Nightmarish imagery is chillingly effective, and the pacing superbly builds suspense." -- Kirkus Reviews

Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, c2010
ISBN: 9781250010278
Branch Call Number: FIC Smith
Characteristics: 358 p

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MsJoann Jan 31, 2016

Could not stop reading. Definitely not suitable for a young teen.

SFPL_BenjaminG Jan 20, 2015

Smith has captured teen angst in a most compelling package. A teenage boy, unsupervised, tries to make sense of a world full of random violence. A stranger turns up, who seems to know him, and offers him a pair of glasses which reveal an alternate, ruined world. We've read this story before, but the writing and storytelling gifts of Smith are transcendent. As others have noted, it is graphic, with scenes of horror, violence and sex. Highly recommended.

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 04, 2014

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 7/22/2011.

This book is crazy and insane all at once. It’s the story of a boy who finds himself kidnapped after getting drunk at his friend’s party and attempting to walk home alone. Going to England for a few weeks to see if he wants to attend a boarding school, he’s given a pair of glasses from a stranger. These glasses show him a war-torn world where he’s forced to fight against his best friend.

In short, this book is one insane ride. It’s like getting hooked on drugs… but without the drugs. You’ll find yourself sucked into the world of Marbury, and unable to leave, similar to the characters in the book. I highly recommend it.

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marigoldmarathon
Aug 07, 2014

great book, i don't think it should be in the teen section. could'nt put it down....very strange.

EuSei Nov 22, 2013

(NOTICE: Attempts to censor my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Libraries’ beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.) The Marbury Lens is another book written by an adult who is in need of urgent psychiatric help. The story if that of a teenage boy who is kidnapped, drugged and raped by a male captor. He escapes and finds a pair of weird glasses that transport him to a world of almost impossible cruelty. He finds himself facing a wall of horrors “covered with impaled heads and other dripping, black-rot body parts: hands, hearts, feet, ears, p*nises. Where the f*ck was this?” This level of darkness could only come out of the mind of a very sick person. But even worse, why would librarians/teachers push this kind of literature to impressionable minor children—obviously behind their parents backs?!

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adrianavafu
Oct 31, 2013

THIS BOOKS SUCKED SO MUCH. I COUNTED 5 SEX SCENES, AND ABOUT 2000 BAD WORDS!!!!

Saint44 Sep 21, 2013

Awesome book has to buy it for myself! read it like 10 times

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

My gosh. This is THE worst book Iv ever read. No joke. Lets see where should I start....Ok in the first 20% the main charecter get raped, walks in his best friend having sex, has sex with someone, there are homos, sexual refereneces and much more. I stopped reading because there was so much twisted things in this book. So, I repeat, DO NOT READ. Oh and yea, there is a F word ten times on every page. Very vulgar and disgusting. And Im not sensitive at all!

BRONTE CRONSBERRY Aug 21, 2011

Did not like the style of writing to much swearing but the story line was good

BakerStreetIrregular Aug 08, 2011

Extremely trippy writing style. As a result you know no more than Jack does so you end up being just as confused as he is while reading it. I liked it though as it made me want to read it that much more so I could find out what was going on. I couldn't put this book down - not necessarily because it was amazing writing - but because I had to know how it all ended.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: Only 5ooo F words. Thats all.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: alot

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Other: dont read

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Graphic sex, rape, drugs, sexual violence, teen sex. And so much more I don't want to write about cause Ill be banned. Bottom line: DONT READ!

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EuSei May 12, 2015

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 04, 2014

BostonPL_AnnaD thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Nov 13, 2012

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

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