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Passenger (The Marbury Lens #2)

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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.

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Hardcover, 465 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Dec 05, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
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
Sep 07, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it

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
Dec 29, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
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
May 25, 2015 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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" to me; I saw the plot happening in my head like a film strip and truly felt what the characters experienced, smelled, tasted...everything. This book
Apr 01, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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
Holy shitskas. Just reading the blurb makes my head hurt, but oh so good. SO EXCITED!
Niki Smith
Nov 15, 2012 Niki Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2012
The ending I'd hoped for! I didn't think there was a chance.
i wish thete was more kissing at the end!
Aug 20, 2014 Hollowspine rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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Feb 17, 2014 Mart rated it it was amazing
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 no
Catherine Gordon
Mar 29, 2013 Catherine Gordon rated it did not like it
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
Mar 07, 2013 Terry Brooks rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2014 Z rated it really liked it
A more-than-worthy follow-up to The Marbury Lens...goes in some wild, mind-bending, and unexpected directions...
Mar 07, 2016 Montana-IFC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: banned
Public Library challenge--retained (2013)
Jay Tate
Nov 25, 2015 Jay Tate rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this twisted tale, and I liked Jack much more in this than I did in ML. He emerges as more of a leader and less of a victim/follower. (In fairness, he was traumatized in the ML, so the second trip is a way for him to come to grips with his experience.)

1. Not appropriate for teens. This is violent, sexually brutal, and would be a rough introduction to apocolyptic fantasy.
2. Not appropriate for girls? Nah, I wouldn't say that. It's definitely a boy's tale, but sci-fi is sci-fi. And, Fent
May 25, 2014 Darwin51 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 28, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2013 Vaile Adams-Fujikawa rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 24, 2015 Luke rated it did not like it
If you are against homosexuality then you will not want to read this two part series. This series was downright amazing and the author is ingenious. I myself am totally against homosexuality and hadn't thought this series would have any homosexual references (because the first book didn't even have any of these sick people in it.) In the end of the second book it appeared the author was going to have an amazing end to an amazing book series. I had been wrong. Jack and Conner turn out to be gay a ...more
Apr 04, 2013 G. rated it really liked it
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.
Amber Sharon
Feb 13, 2016 Amber Sharon rated it liked it
It was good, but I found myself getting lost in nothingness most of the time. It didn't seem to ever settle into anything satisfactory. Perhaps it's because I accidentally skipped over the actual second book -- 1.5.

The story goes from one thing to another -- like parallel worlds -- pretty rapidly. It's interesting, and kept me reading.

Jack annoys me a bit. He's troubled, cares about his friends, but at the same time spends way too much time thinking only of himself. He was like that in the firs
Wow. Okay, the Mind Screw really ramped up too much in this book. Was it really necessary to write it like this?
Eddie DeBrae
Apr 27, 2014 Eddie DeBrae rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2014 Jaksen rated it liked it
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 Tei
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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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