An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Hank Green

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. 

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