An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
This is a WEIRD novel. Like, really weird. I still don’t know if I liked it or not. I finished it, and it did play on my mind – whilst I was reading it I wouldn’t say I couldn’t put it down, but when I wasn’t reading it I was wondering where it would go to next…so I suppose that’s good.
Green’s novel explores (I think) the concept of social media and ‘influencers’. It does so by having our protagonists discover an alien sculpture (?) and post about it on social media – this then leads to a bizarre series of events and massive changes in everyone’s lives.
It’s hard to tell you much more without adding any spoilers…and it’s hard to know if I should recommend this or not as I suspect it’s a book that will divide people – I suspect it will be a novel that people enjoy (I’d be surprised if people professed to love it) or loathe.
That said, its worth a try for those who are looking for something really different; so my advice would be – give it a try – if it’s not your thing pass it on!
About the Author
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him ‘one of America’s most popular science teachers.’ Complexly’s videos have been viewed more than two billion times on YouTube. Green cofounded a number of other small businesses, including DFTBA.com, which helps online creators make money by selling cool stuff to their communities; and VidCon, the world’s largest conference for the online video community. In 2017, VidCon drew more than forty thousand attendees across three events in Anaheim, Amsterdam, and Australia. Hank and his brother, John, also started the Project for Awesome, which last year raised more than two million dollars for charities, including Save the Children and Partners in Health. Hank lives in Montana with his wife, son, and cat.