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Publisher Description

IF YOU CAME ACROSS AN ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE THING

AT 3 A.M. IN NEW YORK CITY . . .

WOULD YOU KEEP WALKING?

OR DO THE ONE THING THAT WOULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER?

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The Carls just appeared . . .

While roaming the streets of New York City at 3 a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture she calls Carl. Delighted by its appearance - 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.

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 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 how the social internet is changing fame and radicalisation; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration can follow a life in the public eye.

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'A fun, contemporary adventure that cares about who we are as humans, especially when faced with remarkable events' Kirkus (starred review)

'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 [that] expands your mind while taking you on a hell of a ride' Joseph Fink, author of Welcome to Night Vale

'An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is pure book joy' Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians Trilogy

'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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicles

GENRE
Young Adults
Books
RELEASED
2018
25 September
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Orion
SELLER
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd
SIZE
2.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Totally Ripped Off ,

Awsome

You should read this. Its really really good. Trust me.

Srewdbuisnessman ,

Excellent mystery, decent story and side characters, and a deeply unlikeable protagonist.

The main character, April, is one of the most unlikeable protagonists I have ever seen, and it's not due to poor writing, or lack of characterisation; the writing style, while not one I particularly like personally, is pretty good. The characterisation is extensive, but that only serves to make me hate her; from the very beginning, she is not relatable or likeable, and is self destructive to the point of being ludicrous. This would be fine if the character was portrayed as being mentally ill; but she is not. This leaves the reader feeling completely unsympathetic towards her.

The other characters lack any real depth, but are still somehow infinitely more relatable than April.

The mystery of the Carls themselves is a good one, and is the only reason to read this book. I'd recommend it, but only if you have a high tolerance what I've previously mentioned.

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