I’m delighted to share my review today of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by the fabulous Hank Green as part of The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour! Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Trapeze Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful debut novel.
About the book:
IF YOU CAME ACROSS AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING
AT 3 A.M. IN NEW YORK CITY . . .
WOULD YOU KEEP WALKING?
OR DO THE ONE THING THAT WOULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER?
The Carls just appeared . . .
While roaming the streets of New York City at 3 a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture she calls Carl. Delighted by its appearance – like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armour – April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life.
There are Carls in dozens of cities around the world – everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires – and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the centre of an international media spotlight.
Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us . . .
Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with how the social internet is changing fame and radicalisation; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration can follow a life in the public eye.
About the author:
Hank Green is an American entrepreneur, musician, educator, producer, vlogger, and author. He is known for his YouTube channel Vlogbrothers, where he and his brother, John Green, regularly upload videos, as well as for creating and hosting the educational YouTube channels Crash Course and SciShow. Hank lives in Montana with his wife, son and cat. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is his debut novel.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this debut novel by Hank Green, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how good it was! It’s a clever, fast paced book that drew me in from the very first page and didn’t let go until the final page had been turned.
I think going in cold was the best way to read this book as I didn’t know what to expect and it took me by surprise at every turn. It tackles subjects very relevant to today’s world, especially how reliant we have become on Social Media and the internet, and the toxic hold it very often has over us.
Hank Green’s writing is every bit as good as his brother’s, whose work I adore, and I look forward to reading whatever he comes up with next, which will (hopefully) include a sequel to this wonderful debut novel!
A fascinating and insightful story that I enjoyed immensely.