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The Marbury Lens by Andrew  Smith
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Dec 12, 2010

really liked it
Read from December 25 to 27, 2010 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** 4.5 stars!

this was the first novel i've read by smith,
tho i had the pleasure of sitting on a YA
library panel with him back in 2009 and was
able to get this copy signed directly from
him this past december at a holiday book event.

was so happy i picked up this novel.

smith is a strong writer and storyteller,
which lends itself so well in The Marbury Lens.
i liked the narrator, jack, and his story flips
between two worlds, the real one and that of
marbury, where a war is going on and survivors
are fighting for their lives and to the death.

the novel is graphic and disturbing in
many ways, often gruesome. smith said at his signing that
the basis for the story was of his own kidnapping
as a teenager, which really adds an additional
layer of depth as well as discomfort and realness
to the narration.

i was fascinated by how the worlds played out in
jack's mind, with the added story of seth, a ghost
that was haunting jack in both worlds. all in his
crumbling mind and psyche, unable to take what
happened to him during the kidnapping and after, or
something very real?

the terror, anxiety, schizophrenia, addiction,
confusion, anger, all intense emotions were
brilliantly conveyed. i believe there is a sequel,
and i'm definitely reading it.

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