An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
YA, Science Fiction
Dutton | September 25th, 2018
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.
April is thrust into fame after shooting a video of her talking about this ten-foot statue made of an unknown material that is later referred to as ‘Carl.’ After posting the video on YouTube, it turns out that there are sixty-three other Carls around the world. The Carls are alien and while April May thinks they’re friendly and are here to bring the world together, there are some people who think the opposite.
The first line, well the whole first paragraph of this book is what hooked me. The main character in this story is basically telling you a story about how she became famous after finding this random statue in Manhattan. She branches off from her story to tell you other bits of information that help you to better understand what she is talking about, which honestly I think we all do that when we’re telling stories, or at least I know I do.
April May is the main character in this book and besides becoming famous, I think she’s a very relatable person. She has relationship issues, some insecurities, and can sometimes be a little selfish.
Maya is April’s roommate/girlfriend (it makes more sense if you read the book, kind of). She’s very analytical about the things she says and knows how to deal with April most of the time.
Andy has been friends with both April and Maya since they were all in school together. He’s the one who shoots the video of April with the statue that makes her famous.
Miranda is a young scientist who works with odd materials. She becomes part of the group when she and April start emailing about what the Carls could be made out of.
I’m really interested in checking out the next book in this series just to see what happens. While there were definitely some parts that I liked and really got my attention there were also several parts where I was bored and tired of some similar things happening. The ending is what made me decide I would check out the book, so if you do read this book and want to give up on it, just try to make it to the end, it’s really good.