Putting them on means venturing into a whole different world. One similar to ours, but different in more ways than you can count. It is a world at war. A world where unimaginable creatures travel in clans, killing any who stand in their way. But you’re there too. You might not know that you exist in this alternate universe, but you’re there. You’re one of the few that exist both in Marbury and our own world. Is this a curse, or a blessing, to be able to visit this land by simply slipping on a pair of glasses? Well… there’s only one way to find out.
After almost getting raped after a party, John Wynn Whitmore, you can call him Jack, thinks that something has been done to him. There’s no other explanation. Jack has no idea what to do, and only tells his best friend, Conner. However, Jack’s life must go on, and he puts the scary, but all too real incident behind him. Jack’s got a lot to look forward to, including a trip to London to visit a school there that both Jack and Conner may be attending. But Jack can’t forget, and it keeps coming back.
Then a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Glasses? What happens when Jack puts them on is both exhilarating, yet terrifying. He is transported to another world. To the amazing and perilous Marbury, where war is raging and he is responsible for the care of two boys. He can’t quite believe it at first, but as Jack starts going to Marbury more and more it becomes his addiction, and he starts to lose touch with his own life. He has to write himself notes on what he was supposed to do and what was going on so he’ll remember when he comes back from Marbury. Can Jack handle both Marbury and his own life? Which one is real, and which is where Jack belongs? All is revealed in Andrew Smith’s intense story of one boy’s extreme journey to try and fix his life and choose his ultimate path in, The Marbury Lens!
This book blew my mind. It was real, yet explored the limits of my imagination and questioned what I thought was our true reality. The Marbury Lens is something that I could read over and over again, and I’d still be amazed. I can’t wait to read Andrew Smith’s other books such as, In the Path of Falling Objects and Ghost Medicine. This book is more suitable for teens fifteen and up as it contains language and sexual content that may not be inappropriate for younger readers.
I especially enjoyed how this book contained aspects that were real, yet at the same time other parts that were beyond this world. For example, in the beginning of the book it starts out with a typical teenager party and then moves on to the main character, Jack, almost getting raped. The Marbury Lens dived headfirst into topics that do happen, and it was nice to see that it didn’t beat around the bush. On the other hand, when it came to the world of Marbury, there were features of it that were like nothing I’ve ever read about before. There was a nice mix of reality and fantasy.
It was also really interesting to see how traveling to Marbury was like an addiction. The more and more that Jack visited, the harder it became for him to pull himself out and get back into the real world. He had trouble remembering what he had been doing before visiting Marbury, and many times he had no idea how long his excursions would last. There was also a noticeable change in Jack the more he went to Marbury. Those around him certainly took notice, but how could Jack possible tell any of them?
The world of Marbury was extremely interesting, and there were so many unanswered questions swirling in my head. It would have been nice to have gotten to know the world of Marbury even more through Jack’s trips. This was one aspect of The Marbury Lens that I wish I had gotten to see more of. I knew in general what had happened in the world of Marbury and what was going on, but it would have been nice to see an even deeper look into its background. I think it would be very, very interesting to see a book take place mainly in Marbury, whether it focused on the world’s past, present, or future.
In the end, The Marbury Lens is a book that made me question everything around me, and caused me to wonder. Many questions were left unanswered, but that provided an even greater shroud of mystery. Join Jack, as he tries to discern what is truly real, while his life slowly falls apart before him in, The Marbury Lens!
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