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This book was creepy yet I couldn't put it down. I felt a lot like Jack in that I couldn't keep away from the book. It was not my kind of book and yet I am glad to have listened to it and hope there is another to follow...
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Would you put yourself in a horrible nightmare again just to see what happens? This seems to be the predicament of Jack, the main protagonist of "The Marbury Lens". Jack has something horrible happen to him in this world, and then later finds that he exists in another world where horrible things are happening constantly. He is unable to keep from returning, the same way an addict is unable to quit the source of addiction. This is true even when he has a love interest in his 'real' world — he cannot keep from going back to the 'other world' to see what will happen next.
The story is very well told, although the f-bombs felt a bit heavily salted through the dialog. Maybe it is the way teenagers talk, but I'm from another generation, and I didn't think the story needed that language as much as it was used. The story was exciting and fast-paced on its own. Jack's romance with Nicki is convincing and touching, and his friendship with Connor is the backbone of the story.
The Marbury 'world' is a brutal alternate earth, and the author allows the door to be open for either returning to Marbury, or choosing a new, possibly scarier, world to visit at the risk of being sucked in again.
I am probably ready to take the next trip with Jack, wherever he goes.