The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Length: 368 pages 
Genera: Urban Fantasy
Subjects: abuse, fantasy realm, steampunk,

Summary:
[Goodreads Summary]
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.
 
Review:
This book is very hard to describe. I like this book, but I don’t exactly know why. It was weird. Like, mutilated bodies and severed body parts. Like, rape and torture. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
 
 And there is a severe case of homophobia, which is not ok with me. And lots of sex. Oh, lots of sex. Yet, I still liked it. Curiouser and curiouser…
 
The main character, Jack wasn’t exactly likeable. He was immature. He was mean to his friends and those who “love” him. He used everyone.
 
Why did I like it?
 
I don’t know.
 
Characters:
Jack: he was an ass.
 
Connor: he was an ass. A homophobic ass.
 
Seth: he seemed ok, but I’m not sure. HIs love story was adorable though.
 
Rachel & Nickie: the girls. They were cute.
 
Plot & Writing:
Plot:
AH! I’ve found it. This is why I loved this book. The idea was unique. Weird, but unique. The book is a horror (technically) but I’d classify it more as a physiological thriller. There are glasses (and this is going to sound like a middle school book) but they bring you to another world.
 What is Marbury?
 
That’s one of those questions that is up to the reader.
 
I’m not completely sure there ever was a Marbury, or a Griffin, or a Henry Hewitt. Connor and Jack are both a bit mental.
 
Writing:
Andrew Smith, are you by any chance the long-lost cousin or secret twin of Michael Grant? No? Too bad. Andrew Smith can write descriptions. When he writes horror, he writes horror. I literally shivered reading some of these descriptions.
 
Just wow.
 
I would give samples but  might get flagged as adult matter. :\
 
What I liked and disliked:
Liked:
  • Amazing writing
  • exhilarating plot
  • Couldn’t put it down
  • physiological thriller

Disliked:

  • Homophobic message
  • Unlikable characters
  • Extremely graphic at times

In Conclusion:
This book maybe hard for some to read. It was hard for me to read as well. The homophobia wasn’t something I’m comfortable with reading. But if you overlook the flaws the story is amazing. I recommend reading it, but I won’t guarantee you’ll love it.

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Favorite Character: Seth
Favorite Quote: 

It always looked the same, always looked like death itself, the most terrifying part of the dream that wakes you up.

Rating: ★★ ★½☆

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