Tuesday, January 18, 2011
TBR Tuesday: The Marbury Lens
I have a lot of books I've bought or received in a fury of excitement, only to have them languish on the shelves. This is one of those books.
The Marbury Lens
by Andrew Smith
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.
Andrew Smith has written his most beautiful and personal novel yet, as he explores the nightmarish outer limits of what trauma can do to our bodies and our minds.
This one has been languishing on my shelves for far too long for my tastes. I mean, it's steampunk, it's dystopian, and it come highly recommended (and, AND, a lovely, lovely person sent me a signed copy!). I'm thinking, if Presenting Lenore is doing her Dystopian February again (and as far as I know, she is), I'm going to read this one as part of it. Brilliant? Yeah, I thought so too. ;p
So, what do you guys think? Anyone read this? What's on your tbr pile?