An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (Hardback)Hank Green (author)
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The stunning first novel from Hank Green tackles fame, online celebrity culture and the power of social media, asking readers to question what we see and what we really believe.
In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green - co-creator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers and SciShow - spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realising she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.
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 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. 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 centre 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 radicalisation; 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.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 28 mm
'An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is such a beautiful exploration of what humans can accomplish when we collaborate effectively.' - John Green
'An undeniably strange and delightful thing' - V.E. Schwab
'Fun and full of truth. To be honest, I'm a little irritated at how good the book is. I don't need this kind of competition' - Patrick Rothfuss
'Packed with meditations on the nature of celebrity, social media, and the cultural response to the unknown.' - Harper's Bazaar
'Hank Green, super-vlogger and brother to YA legend John, pens the heart-warmer An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.' - Cosmopolitan
'Hank Green hasn't just written a great mystery adventure (though he has), and he hasn't just written the most interesting meditation on the internet and fame I've ever seen (but he did that too), Hank has written a book in which the page turning story and the fascinating ideas inform and support each other. This book expands your mind while taking you on a hell of a ride' - Joseph Fink, creator Welcome to Night Vale
'You're about to meet somebody named April May who you're immediately going to want to be best friends with. And bonus, she spends all her time having incredible adventures with giant robots and dream puzzles and accidental Internet fame. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is pure book-joy' - Lev Grossman
'By turns joyful, devastating, personal, zeitgeisty, modern, classic, fast-paced, and thoughtful, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing blew me away with its fresh take on first contact in this fragile, ever-connected world we live in. Quick but never shallow, it will stand as a snapshot of an era as well as just a darn good read' - Catherynne M. Valente
'Funny, thrilling, and an absolute blast to read. I knew Hank would be good at this, but I didn't know he would be this good on the first try' - John Scalzi
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Aright, let me start with this: this book is weird.
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“A weird and wonderful read”
With thanks to Orion Publishing Co and Waterstones for an ARC of this book for an honest review.
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