An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year- ...more
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In his wildly entertaining debut novel, Hank Green—cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow—spins ...more
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Frankly, I expected to tumble into this book dissonant and harsh in my criticism—but what do you know...I actually really liked it. (If you look really closely, ...more
Hank: Yes, my brother wrote a bunch which means that I can too!
Publisher: What do you want it to be about.
Hank: I want to write a book about aliens.
Publisher: So like the 5th wave.
Hank: Kind of but let's remove all the violent parts.
Publisher: So like E.T.?
Hank: The alien won't actually talk or interact with the humans. Oh, and he won't be a living thing. He'll just be a big hunk of metal but we'll call him an alien.
Publisher: What about the main chara ...more
I'm honestly still in shock. I went into this book quite skeptically as this is Hank Green's debut coupled with the fact that I don't tend to gravitate towards sci-fi.
This was such a whirlwind of a book! I didn't research this book before starting (which I'd recommend - just read it), so it took a little bit to get my footing in the story. After that, though WOW. Constant twists, turns, and a mystery that keeps unfolding. I simply had to keep reading to figure out what was up with ...more
I'm always reluctant to read any book with a "youtube star" because it's usually badly done but since the author does videos himself everything turned out fine.
It's a very interesting take on the whole "first contact with aliens" but also on social media.
I CAN'T WAAAAIT!
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 review ever.)
What I did love about this story was its ...more
"A ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor, its huge barrel chest lifted up to the sky a good four or five feet above my head. It just stood there in the middle of the sidewalk, full of energy and power. It looked like it might, at any moment, turn and fix that empty, regal stare on me. But instead it just stood there, silent and al ...more
Like April is an actual horrible person so why would I care about her? And she gets famous instantly for seeing a robot on a street and making a movie of it. This is BEFORE they think it's an alien. I ...more
"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 involved in but I read this in favor of a frien ...more
- hank's writing
- our unlikable (but totally realistic) MC
- the social commentary was very well done
- that ending!
what I didn't love
- I WISH people had reacted more to this statue phenomenon. At least checked them out to make sure they were safe (view spoiler)[ I mean, soon, not months later (hide spoiler)] it just didn't seem like a very normal reaction
- MORE SCI FI. I loved the sci fi elements and would have loved to take them up like five notches. I liked the social commentary, ...more
“Behold the field in which I grow my fucks. Lay thine eyes upon it and see that it is barren.”
Me: *eagerly pre-ordered this book over a year ago*
Me: *didn’t read it until my book-club picked it as BOM*
Me: *Didn’t finish said book*
Me: *Left an unfinished “It’s-not-you-it’s-me” review for over 9 months*
Honestly, this is not a bad book. It talks about the internet in a non-demonizing way. There’s discussion of fame, power dynamics, ethics vs celebrity and all this ...more
For the first half of this book, I found it to be a bit too crazy and silly for my liking, but it was enjoyable enough (and I was pretty intrigued by all of the mysteries) that it kept me interested. However, in the latter half of this book it suddenly got VERY INTENSE and by that point I was all in. I do think that it was perhaps a bit heavy-handed on the topic of fame and how it affects people, but ultimately the message was important so I’m gl ...more
Thanks to the Dutton team for sending me this book for review, and thanks to Hank Green for signing it beforehand. I can’t even believe that a book I loved this much has a note from one of my idols in the front about my YouTube channel. Fuck. This was so good.
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 enjoys reading the novels of Ernest Cline, Robin Sl ...more
I initially gave this book 5 stars, because I had such an amazing time reading it and was so incredibly surprised by Hank Green's writing talent. It's hard to believe that this is his debut novel! The writing style was super easy to read and the teenagers actually talked like teenagers. It's nice to know that there are authors out there, who don't insist on constantly using stupid slang to get someones youth across.
I found the characters to be lovable and realistic, but w ...more
In the spirit of full disclosure, I used to work part-time for a company Hank Green owns. I bought this book for myself, however, with a preorder that predated the job.
Why you may not like this book: This is a sci-fi book that is character driven and focused so that the sci-fi element, and ultimately the mystery of the story, takes more of a back seat. This has a very strong conversational tone. April May's voice as a person very much informs how this story is told, and that sort of cha ...more
“Even on this most terrible of days, even when the worst of us are all we can think of, I am proud to be a human.”This book matters to me because, I guess, I've been waiting for something like this for a long time.
Not just a book that dares take on an idea this grand and important, or a book that doesn't just bring aliens into the story for destruction or vibes but for something like th ...more
“Even on this most terrible days, even when the worst of us are all we can think of, I am proud to be a human.”
🌟 One of the worst thing people can do and specially parents is comparing brothers/ sisters. Because Everybody is a genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid
*drowning in deepness*
🌟 The reason I am saying this is that I don’t like Jo ...more
Admittedly, I picked up this book because it was written by Hank Green, John Green's brother and youtuber extraordinaire. That sa ...more
*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 "Hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife" from freaking 2010).
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