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 fantasy, good and evil — Andrew Smith's masterpiece closes the loop that began with The Marbury Lens. But is it really closed? Can it ever be?
Andrew Smith knew ever since his days as editor of his high school newspaper that he wanted to be a writer. After graduating college, he experimented with journalistic careers – writing for newspapers and radio stations – but found it wasn’t the kind of writing he’d dreamed about doing.
Born with an impulse to travel, Smith, the son of an immigrant, bounced around the world and from job to job, working at various times in a metals mill, as a longshoreman unloading bananas from Central America and imported autos from Japan, in bars and liquor stores, in security, and as a musician, before settling down permanently in Southern California. Here, he got his first “real job,” as a teacher in an alternative educational ... (more)