An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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...

Details An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

TitleAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Adult, Lgbt, Audiobook, Mystery, Adult Fiction, Aliens

Reviews An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  • Christine Riccio
    I just finished An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and it was great!! I had so much fun flying through this book. My booktalk will be coming later this week, I'm excited to discuss with yall!
  • Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
    Not to start a family feud but I picked up this book solely because I’ve grown tired with John Green romanticising the white heterosexual nerd’s quest for the perfect woman whom they win by using the longest most pretentious words possible, and I was very curious to read his brother’s work. And what do you know....I actually liked it.Hank Green created a story with great deep undercurrents. Under the surface is a very forward and honest dis...
  • Tammy
    April May is the snarky, relationship wrecking narrator who is unwittingly catapulted into the dizzying heights of international fame upon being the first to discover a randomly named “Carl”. Initially thought to be an art installation, the Carls prove to be considerably more than visually striking. April becomes addicted to being first and staying first within the media both social and otherwise. At first glance this seems like a Young Adult...
  • Haley
    Upon Announcement:I CAN'T WAAAAIT!After Reading:So I am giving this four stars for now, even though it is possible it is a 3/3.5-star book. I really loved everything it had to say and the way in which it said it, and I thought it was a highly original and well-written story, but I was confused and unimpressed by the ending. (That being said, given the premise of the book, I would like to point out the irony of this being easily my most-liked revi...
  • Melissa Rochelle
    I hate that people are calling this "young adult". It's not. Stop it with the inane labels that turn people off instead of bringing them in. The main character isn't even in high school OR college for that matter! This is a book for people that like to read quirky, pop-culture-filled, sci-fi-ish books -- those people might be 15 years old (and their parents don't mind them reading the occasional profanity). Maybe it's a late 20s human that also e...
  • Maxwell
    Meh. It had a really cool plot but I hated the writing style. And that ending made it even worse for me. I did not realize this would be part of a series when I picked it up so I was expecting a satisfying ending, and it did not deliver for me. Bummer.
  • Kales
    This was like a weird mix between READY PLAYER ONE, SIGNS and TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY. I feel like this is going to be one of those books that stays in my head for a while, rolls around a bit in tar, feathers, gum, jelly (see what I did there?) and muddy about until I figure out exactly how I feel about it. So this review might be a little rambley and will probably change.Admittedly, I picked up this book because it was written by Hank Green, John Gr...
  • Vitor Martins
    eu não sabia muito bem o que esperar desse livro e o que eu encontrei aqui, definitivamente, me surpreendeu muito. eu passei boa parte da leitura com BIRRA da protagonista e dos personagens secundários que me pareciam rasos demais, mas conforme a narrativa foi me dando as peças que eu precisava pra entender a mensagem da minha maneira, fui ficando fascinado pelas ideias malucas de hank green. assim que eu terminei a última página (berrando),...
  • Solomon ~ TheBookishKing
    Buddy Read with Fellow Cardan the Furry Enthusiast "Carl is not a possible thing, and yet there he is, guarding the Chipotle, leading people to conclude that he was not created by humans." So ... just like I thought ... Trash.I went in to this with semi high hopes as everyone says that Hank Green is the Better Brother due to the fact that John just keeps putting out Not So Great Books. There was tons of hype around this book that I was gladly not...
  • Mari
    In the spirit of full disclosure, I work part-time for a company Hank Green owns. I bought this book for myself, however, with a preorder that predated the job.After I got the book on my Kindle, I decided to splurge and buy the audiobook and I'm so happy that I did. Kristen Sieh did a great job as April May and the tone of this book is so conversational that I think it was best read aloud. I think I also benefited from putting that distance betwe...
  • Billie
    Well, that was a thing that I read. I mean, it was fun and I love a good cipher, but it was very...moral, wasn't it? Like, at the end, the message/moral (Good things happen when the whole world works together! And it's fun!) started getting in the way of the story. And April May, the protagonist—for as much as Green tries to dull her sparkle— is still a bit of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, with the added bonus of being the Chosen One because ev...
  • Telthor
    2.5, and I can't decide if I'm rounding up or down and have flipflopped like three times, but down because of all the memes. *insert very large shrug here*I hate the phrase "millennial humor" -- but I think that's what this book is. The sort of humor that fills tumblr to the brim. Where random phrases are CAPSLOCKED, and characters swear in new and interesting ways, and we throw memes around like confetti (including extremely dated ones, like "Hi...
  • Lindsey
    Immediate thoughts after finishing, sorry if this is disjointed. Excellent read. Great tone, great mystery, great build up. I read it in two days, couldn't put it down. The tone and overall story reminded me of The Oracle Year in a very different but awesome way - so if you liked that, you may like this. I loved both. The main character is going to be one that is love her or hate her, I happened to enjoy her character but I can see where others ...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    I LOVED this. Like, far more than expected. I haven’t been this engrossed in a story in a very long time.
  • Janel
    I don’t think it’s going to surprise anyone that I didn’t like this, but it is just a big no from me. Writing like this, one step of plot and then five steps of “here’s my opinion on society!!!!” never really works for me, and I was telling myself “well at least I’ll have read it and be done with it,” but of course it was a “cliffhanger” ending so THERE IS THAT.
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    I had been dying to read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green since I first heard that it was in the works, and while I had incredibly high hopes for it, it is safe to say that I was not disappointed. This book is so complex, discussing topics such as fame and unity as the world is divided by the appearance of robots, but it is so much more than that. I enjoyed the realistic main character and the clever writing style. This has got to be ...
  • Eli
  • Iris
    "Uma coisa absolutamente fantástica" é um livro incrível! Você pode até não pensar, a princípio, que um livro sobre uma youtuber bissexual que encontra um robô alienígena gigante possa ser super-reflexivo, mas é.De forma divertida e surreal — como referências a Carly Rae Jepsen, páginas na Wikipedia e outras loucuras —, Hank Green criou um livro que nos faz refletir muito sobre sociedade, política, sucesso e outros debates. Uma d...
  • Kelsey
    Read on submission in one sitting. All I can say is all hail the Greens
  • Erik Fazekas
    Dear John, I am sorry to inform you, that you've been dethroned!!! Áno je to tak, toto je lepšie ako posledné Greenovky... ehm, teda johnovky :D Pocitovo mi to pri čítaní pripomínalo Aljašku, keď sa ešte John na nič nehral a písal ako mu huba narástla. Ďakujem Hankovi Greenovi, že zadefinoval contemporary New Adult so scifi twistom ;) Ja milujem knihy o nových dospelých, decká po škole proste riešia špecifický druh problémo...
  • Cori Reed
    I don't know that I've ever used the term 'millennial', but I suppose I am one so it's time to embrace it.An Absolutely Remarkable Thing will appeal to millenials. At first it seemed a bit too I HAVE A NARRATIVE to me, but in the end I really enjoyed it, and the ending was exactly what I wanted. It's weird, it is definitely social commentary, it isn't YA (although there is crossover appeal), and it's very much not his brother.