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.
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.
Jack: he was an ass.
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.
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.
- Amazing writing
- exhilarating plot
- Couldn’t put it down
- physiological thriller
- Homophobic message
- Unlikable characters
- Extremely graphic at times
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.
Favorite Character: Seth
It always looked the same, always looked like death itself, the most terrifying part of the dream that wakes you up.