Hi All! It’s Becky. Sarah and I were lucky enough to be able to go to one of the book release events for Hank Green’s debut novel “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing”. It took a couple of months but I was finally able to listen to this audiobook.
Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author: Hank Green
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: April May is an average twenty-three-year-old until the night she meets Carl. Carl is a giant robot that appeared one night in New York at the exact same time a dozen identical robots appeared all over the world. April and her friend, Andy, are the first people to post photographic proof of the robots making April an overnight celebrity. Suddenly, April is the middle of an international crisis with militant groups of both side of the Carl issue focusing all their attention on her. April needs to find a way to use her celebrity to protect the Carls while also protecting her life.
Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the story of a young woman coming of age in the modern world with its emphasis on social media and celebrity. Green uses April’s experiences with social media as a commentary on its power as well as a model for the style of his novel. The book is is glossy and lacking character depth or resolution however, just like social media, it is entertaining. This is not a book from someone who is looking for deep thoughts and hours of discussion. This is the book for someone who just wants to be entertained and, honestly, I’m okay with that. The story and the characters feel developed on the most superficial of levels yet I enjoyed reading their story. The book is a jaunt and the reader just has to sit back an enjoy it. Basically, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the book equivalent of a cheesy movie that is your guilt pleasure but you still watch it all the time and that’s a good thing.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5