He gets sent dozens and dozens of books from his publisher, other publishers, agents, editors, fans—all looking for blurbs, quotes, and reviews. He gives as much of his time as he can but he reads a lot outside of the genre. It takes a special fantasy novel to gain his blurb or review. And he never gives them out unless he feels strongly about the book.
Terry loved Passenger by Andrew Smith. Here is what Terry had to say about it:
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 their lives and from some little understanding about Marbury and how everything seems to keep shifting.
I don’t want to tell you much more about it; you should just read it and find out for yourselves. There is hard language and grown-up themes involved, if that is a problem for you, but the story is first rate. Smith reminds me a little in the form of his first person narrative of another young adult author I have recommended – Kevin Brooks (no relation).
There you have it! If Terry liked it and you are looking for a new young adult series with a series edge to it, Passenger might be the book for you!
Terry will see you next month with a new review!