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Passenger (The Marbury Lens #2)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  436 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

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Hardcover, 465 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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5 Stars

"Roll. Tap. Tap."

For those of you that have read the first book in the series, The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith, this one, Passenger, will take you on a journey, an endless exploration, of the mind, and of the world. And all the while our main protagonist Jack will be there, egging us on, messing with our mind, and pulling our strings… Fuck Jack!

Queue the narrator, pan out to see a, and on this, all of our returning heroes, Jack, Ben, Griffin, and Henry. Now you hear our h
Before reading: There's a sequel. Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. OH YEAH!!!!

During: Will this be as freaky as tML? I kind of want it to be, but I kind of don't.

Let’s go back all the way to 2010 for a minute. Little freshman girl goes into the library, picks up a copy of The Marbury Lens, and reads it. It’s freaky and illogical and haunting. It’s wonderfully written with compelling characters. The whole reality of the story is up for interpretation.

It’s freaky.

So when I found out that it was going t

Given how exciting the first book was I jumped immediately into the second and I was rewarded with another breath taking leap into the dark world of Marbury. Jack and his best friend Conner decide that the best thing to do is destroy the glasses that transport them to Marbury but really the shattering of the lens creates a crack between the parallel worlds. Jack and company flip back and forth between realities, each darker then the preceding one, until jack begins to realize that he
Daniel Marks
Apr 29, 2012 Daniel Marks marked it as to-read
So looking forward to this one!
Megan [I'm okay, I'm alright]
-- Before reading --

Holy CRAP.

If you've read my review of the first book, you'll know that I was extremely unsatisfied with the ending. AND NOW THERE'S GONNA BE A SEQUEL.

Andrew Smith, I love you.



-- After reading --

Well, as usual, I have no idea how to start.

This book was so different from the first one, and yet somehow exactly the same.

My thoughts are all really jumbled. Sorry. Anyway, I don't think I enjoyed this book quite as much as it's predecessor. Although I'm not even sure if
I hated being forced into doing the "guy thing," but I couldn't let Frankie start off this new day by labeling me as some kind of enemy outsider in front of the other boys, either.

That's just how things were.

It meant there was going to be a fight, and neither one of us questioned or doubted the laws that dictated our nature.


He didn't even swing back one time; didn't even try to defend himself against me, which made me feel even more disgusted by him. The fucker didn't even know how to act l
I sat down with Andrew Smith's newest on a dark and stormy night, the perfect setting for one of his twisted tales - and what a twisted tale it was! Jack (from "The Marbury Lens") is back and so is Marbury, in all it's bloody glory. But it's a different version of Marbury and Jack must fight his way through many "Inception"-like layers of reality, each more horrifying than the last, to find his way home - but will it be the same world he left? "Passenger" is gloriously dark, grim, and violent, a ...more
UPDATE: Reading now! Decided to just go ahead and give it 5 stars even though I'm only 1/3 done :D It's sooo good so far. Will do a proper review when finished!

UPDATE: O.O The cover omg. Perfection. Jack and Conner I have missed you. I need this book. Soon.

Holy shitskas. Just reading the blurb makes my head hurt, but oh so good. SO EXCITED!
Hohoho-ho. Mwahahahah. “ψ(`∇´)ψ
And thus I resign myself to this second book and even though I try to resist, I end up giving it five stars and a place on my shelf of favourites. The truth is I really tried, I really did my best to distance myself from everything, yet I failed. I remember giving The Marbury Lens full stars only because I was immersed in the story, I was so captivated by the concept that I decided to overlook the things that annoyed the shit out of me, i.e. John/Jack himself. And
Catherine Gordon
I read the first one in the series and was interested enough to read the sequel. I really hope this is it. There were some interesting ideas here of parallel universes but it never really came to anything. Lots of detail about sweat, feeling sick, vomiting, peeing etc - which to be frank I really don't enjoy reading about. Jack again spent most of the story throwing up. I guess one of the positives is that you also start to feel ill and can almost smell the stench because it is described so well ...more
Terry Brooks
This month, I am recommending Passenger by Andrew Smith, the sequel to The Marbury Lens, a book I read and loved a few years back.

Passenger is a hard-edge young adult effort (which really doesn't feel very young adult at all, if you get past the fact that the main characters are kids) about a strange artifact that allows Jack, Conner, Ben and Griffin to shift from this world into the very terrifying alternative world of Marbury. It is grim and chilling, and the boys are constantly fighting for
Wow. I am utterly speechless after finishing this book - a wonderful, mind boggling, seriously messed up, entertaining, awesome, epic sequel to The Marbury Lens. The list of adjectives could go on and on and on, but I don't think I could accurately sum up this novel by just making a list.

Reading this series has been so much more than just reading words to me; I saw the plot happening in my head like a film strip and felt what the characters did, smelled, tasted, everything. This book came alive
A more-than-worthy follow-up to The Marbury Lens...goes in some wild, mind-bending, and unexpected directions...
Let me just start off by saying, that to all of you who keep asking "why is Jack so improtant?" "What Makes Jack so special?" "Why him and not any other random person on the street?"
Well you see, if someone wrote a book about an average person whom nothing ever happened to, what's even the point of the book? NO ONE WOULD READ IT. Why did Nick Carraway get to follow everyone around when he did practically nothing? Why is the Hunger Games about Katniss and not someone who didn't get picked (or
If you didn't like THE MARBURY LENS, you won't like this. But if you devoured MARBURY, if you GOT it, then read this, because it's MARBURY on crack. Everything is broken down and most of it is put back together again; a few things are explained, but nothing is neatly wrapped up in a comforting finale. At the end, and after you finish, there's a feeling of finality and of safety, which is really all you can ask for or expect, no matter where you are.
Literary Princess
Absolutely disturbing. So much profanity. So much violence. So much sexual brutality. Just kept me twisted in knots throughout. Not sure that I would actually recommend this to any teens ever. That said, it was really well written and I never could quite figure out what was real and what wasn't, so it was very effective.
Vaile Adams-Fujikawa
I loved these books. They were violent and gruesome, but I thought they were excellent. I finished both of them in about 3 days, just couldn't put them down. They're intense though, so I would recommend with that in mind. Probably wouldn't be enjoyed by those easily offended or sensitive to graphic violence and gore.
Seriously twisted in the best sense of the word. The best alternative to drugs that I know of.... take a ride down the rabbit hole, Andrew Smith style.
Wow. Okay, the Mind Screw really ramped up too much in this book. Was it really necessary to write it like this?
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Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

The boys try to destroy the lens that transports them to Marbury. But that dark world is not so easily reckoned with. Reality and f
The thing is, this is dark fantasy and for folks who love this stuff, this book is amazing. Off the charts. Nothing like it. It starts in mad and wild and ends the same way.

As a more traditional and older reader, though, I kept waiting for the big 'explain,' somewhere in chapter 1, or maybe 2, what about 3? For those who read series, you know what I mean, the part of this book which explains what that book (Book 1) was all about. All series writers do this, give a brief blur somewhere somehow, (
First read: 01.04.13 - 24.04.13 ♠ 3 Stars
Weshalb der Roman mich enttäuscht hat, liegt zum einem daran, dass man geschätzte 400 Seiten liest und rein gar nichts wirklich passiert. Jack und Co. reisen durch verschiedene Paralellwelten und versuchen die zwei Lensen von Marbury wieder zusammen zu bringen damit sie wieder in ihre reale Welt gelangen können und ihr "normales" Leben weiterleben können. Es folgen viele Szenen die blutig, krank und gewöhnungsbedürftig sind. Anfangs wie schon im ersten Te
Samantha Boyette
Sequel to the Marbury Lens and man does it keep the crazy flowing. I was so pumped when I found out that the story wasn't over, but now I'm sad because I don't think there is a third book. There really doesn't need to be a third one except for the one small fact that we STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MARBURY IS!?!?

Ugh, but that's what makes reading these books so good. You are just as lost as Jack. Situations are life and death and Andrew Smith has no problem killing off his characters so you have to b
WOW. Even better than the first. You couldn't pay me to spend a day in Andrew Smith's mind. I have a feeling it looks a lot like Marbury.

I guess I didn't give it 5 stars because the lack of explanations but the lack of any explanation might just be the reason I love(d) this series so much. Not once did I stop thinking the entire time I was reading this. I hung on to every word, hoping to find an answer to the question I think most people are asking; WHAT THE FUCK IS MARBURY?

I'd like to convince
I loved the first book, so obviously I went for the second book. And it was basically this amazing, plotty, explosively epic sequel. In my opinion, the two books should have been combined. Obviously, a publisher would think it's too many pages (didn't think that for Harry Potter, that's for sure). Or wanted to make more money. Or Andrew Smith didn't think to write more until after. You know, everything.

It should have been combined because really, the first book ends just like that. Snap. Wabam!
After reading The Marbury Lens, getting my hands on the next one was a must. And I will say this one is better than the first. Smith brought back such a great plot and made it better. As I mentioned in my review of The Marbury Lens I had two problems with it, these problems were not problems in this book. Marbury and the other dimensions seemed more descriptive and well thought out and Nickie rarely appeared so no problem not really getting to know her.
The friendship between Jack and Connor fee
Jack and Conner thought they had it all figured out. They thought they could fix everything, their addiction to coming to Marbury. But they’re wrong, and everything goes wrong. He and his friends Conner, Ben, and Griffin end up scattered across Marbury, in different places and different times, with no way of finding each other but pure dumb luck. Jack is trying to find his way home, but he keeps getting stuck in Marbury, and Marbury that isn’t really Marbury but is, and a place that looks suspic ...more
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Andrew Smith is the author of Winger , The Marbury Lens , Passenger , Ghost Medicine , Stick , and In the Path of Falling Objects . Grasshopper Jungle is coming from Dutton/Penguin on February 11, 2014.
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