Passenger (by Andrew Smith)

14 07 2013

If this book were a movie, it would be directed by David Cronenberg or David Lynch.

If this book were a TV-series, it would be Lost without all the pretty people.

If this book were an artist, it would be Luis Buñuel or Salvador Dalí.

If this book were a scientist, it would be Albert Einstein on acid.

If this book were a song it would be Scratch Acid’s “Cannibal”.

If this book were a band, it would be Oxbow or Pere Ubu.

But this is Andrew Smith and this is Passenger.

“Roll. Tap. Tap.”

“This is it.”

Fucking Jack.”


Like Smiths says on his blog: boundaries have no place in his YA. So don’t attempt to shove this in your neat boxes. Here’s just one warning, though: the level of intensity will make you physically ill at times. Come prepared!




4 responses

28 07 2013
In the path of falling objects (by Andrew Smith) | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] best contemporary YA novels, if not the best contemporary YA novel, of 2013. The Marbury Lens and Passenger are creepy sci-fi/horror genre-benders. And here he’s serving up a (historical) road novel? What […]

22 12 2013
The year 2013 in reading | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] with (his debut) Ghost Medicine in October. An absolutely highpoint was Winger in June. But also Passenger, Stick and In the Path of Falling Objects showed me the talent of a true author: fierce and […]

19 01 2014
Scowler (by Daniel Kraus): to horror or not to horror. | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] anyone who likes Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series* and Andrew Smith’s The Marbury Lens and Passenger, Daniel Kraus’ work is a must […]

22 04 2014
The Waking Dark (by Robin Wasserman) | Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] The Waking Dark is horror, but there’s much better to be found out there, not in the least in Stephen King’s magnificent oeuvre. However, if the Maine Master of Horror doesn’t shake your bones enough, try Daniel Kraus’s Rotters and Scowler or Andrew Smith’s The Marbury Lens and Passenger. […]

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