An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. (2018).
**4 out of 5 stars**
At 3am in New York, 23 year old April May stumbles across what looks like a giant Transformer sculpture wearing armour. She and her friend make a video about it and the next day finds out the video went viral and there are more ‘Carls’ around the world. April is at the centre of the spotlight and sees her opportunity to make her mark on the world all while trying to find out what the Carls are and what they want.
This was a refreshingly different and modern novel to read and I really enjoyed it. It covers some very relevant themes including social media’s effect on fame, how different types of people react to the unknown, and the intensity of feelings of the average person towards a person in the public eye. If you had to pin this book down to one genre I would call it sci fi, but it really encompasses more than that. I felt that the book was a lot more about April’s emotional and mental development as she becomes so popular in the media, as well as about humanity in general, than about the Carls. April was an interesting lead – at times she was a bit unlikable really but then I wondered what I would have done in her shoes…
I look forward to reading the sequel when it is published and seeing where the story goes from here.