November 14, 2018 by TinyNavajo
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦*Published September 25, 2018* When I heard that Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers was writing a book, I was super excited! I have read most of John Green’s books and I was curious to see how Hank Green’s would differ. I got to say, I love this book and I love the science-fiction aspect of it! I don’t want to say that it’s better than John Green’s books, but it’s amazing in a way that differs from his brother’s books.
The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–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. News quickly spreads that 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 center of an intense 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.What I enjoyed most about this book was how real it felt. It is totally possible, in the way of all science-fiction, that a random robot statue will appear out of nowhere in New York City and it would be seen as street art. Unless you have someone like April May, who wonders how the robot statues came to be and why are they here now. I liked that it showed that for Internet culture, once something goes viral and you try to keep up with the total mystery of it, you can be swept away with the excitement and that can lead you down paths you never thought you would follow. I also enjoyed that we got to see what happens to a person when they become Internet famous and they start to change to fit the persona they are trying to achieve online. We see April May the bisexual person, become April May the lesbian poster child. We see how small things are changed about her and how this leads her to be a person she did not want to be. Or at least, a person she acknowledges she may not have wanted to be. We see how Internet fame can not only change a person, but it can negatively impact their lives in such a way that would not seem real. Overall, I loved that this seemed to be a character-driven book, a book where the mystery of the Carls was enticing, but seeing how the characters handled the mystery made it an adventure. Have you guys read this books yet? What do you think of Internet fame? Comment below and let me know!