An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing #1

Hank Green

fiction Contemporary Science Fiction Young Adult
adventurous mysterious reflective medium-paced

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In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green--cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow--spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.

The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City 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 best 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--from Beijing to Buenos Aires--and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring for the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye. The beginning of an exciting fiction career, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a bold and insightful novel of now.

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Gore (3 reviewers), Violence (2 reviewers), Biphobia (2 reviewers), Death (2 reviewers), Medical trauma (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), and Gun violence (1 reviewer)

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Moods

adventurous 80%
funny 62%
mysterious 62%
reflective 42%
hopeful 36%
emotional 30%
tense 28%
inspiring 22%
lighthearted 19%
challenging 18%
informative 14%
dark 10%
sad 4%
relaxing 0%

Pace

fast 52%
medium 43%
slow 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 74% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 32% | No: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 86% | No: 7% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 2% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.14
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