An Absolutely Remarkable Things by Hank Green
Format: eBook (eARC)
Publisher: Trapeze (Orion Publishing Group)
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Contemporary
Publication Date: 25th September 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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.
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 from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.”
My Thoughts & Review
I have no idea where to start with this review. I was so excited when it came up as Read Now on NetGalley back in May. I’d heard nothing but great things about both the book and Hank Green’s writing, and just couldn’t wait to get started, but things just kept getting in the way. But, I finally got to read it and I have to say I was quite disappointed with it. It felt like it took me forever to get to the end.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is about a young girl who lives and works in New York. She works for a company coding apps. On her way home after a working nearly all night she comes across a Transformer like thing called Carl standing outside a small take away place. She calls a friend about this amazing find and together they film a video about the thing. They then upload it to YouTube and the video goes viral. Now up to this point I was super interested then it all started to go wrong for me.
At around chapter 12 or 13 can’t quite remember which I started to lose interest. As everything started to revolve around April-May rather than Carl. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style or the characters. Once again, the character’s started off interesting and I really wanted to know what happens to them as the book progressed but then they started to get annoying especially April-May. She wasawful to her friends, and the fame started going to her head.
Before reading this book I wasn’t aware that it was part of a series, so when I got to the end of the book I was like WHAT!!! I really wanted this book to be wrapped up nicely so that at least I could justify making myself read to the end, but sadly it ended with a cliff-hanger.
Oh, also what’s up with all the brand advertising in this book!!! Seriously it’s as if this whole book was sponsored or something.
So, to conclude this book was a disappointing read for me and there were loads of things that I didn’t like, the concept was interesting, just not executed right. At the time of writing this review I have no intention of reading the second book, but never say never right. Who knows I might change my mind by the time it comes out.
I would like thank the publishers Trapeze (Orion Publishing Group) and NetGalley for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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Happy Reading Everyone!!!