An Absolutely Remarkable Thing || With Sci-fi Vibes

 

 

Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author: Hank Green
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre: Fiction
Rating: Unrated
Publisher: Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

How do you proceed with a book if you feel unsettled by it? An Absolutely Remarkable Thing threw me off. I felt this underlying unease and had to really disconnect from the storyline. Still trying to figure out why because the synopsis and idea behind the story is totally something I’d love.
 
After finishing I realised the author’s brother is John Green who wrote The Fault In Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, etc. I’ve never read any of his books so that didn’t cloud my judgement in any way either.
 
I found it a bit problematic that the main character is female and since it’s written in first person I expected to connect with a female character but the voice for me read as though she was male. So that was completely confusing.
 
I am unable to give this one a rating because it just wasn’t a book for me. If you end up reading it or have read I’d love to know your thoughts!
 
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.**

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