What if a huge, stagnant robot
appeared out of nowhere on the streets of New York City? And what if you
were the key to solving the mystery of what it wants? Hank Green takes
readers on a sci-fi adventure, tackling issues such as social media
obsession and global humanity in his novel, “An Absolutely Remarkable
April May pays her dues working at
a Manhattan-based startup by logging in a ton of hours. So it’s no
surprise why she stumbles into a 10-foot-tall Transformer-style robot on
the sidewalk at three o’clock in the morning. What is surprising is the
robot seems to have materialized out of thin air.
Baffled by the presumable piece of
art before her, April calls her best friend Andy to come and see the
robot. Andy videotapes April with the structure, whom she affectionately
names Carl, and uploads the project. The next day, both are dumbfounded
to learn that the video went viral. They are overnight sensations, and
when the world discovers that other cities have their own “Carls,” April
is thrust into the spotlight as an expert.
Of course, every coin has a flip
side. While some find the Carls intriguing and mysterious, eager to
solve why they are here, others consider them a threat. April finds
herself in a media whirlwind defending the robots, the possibility of
aliens, humanity and her personal life. She begins to crack under the
pressure of social media, fear and uncertainty. The only thing that
anchors her to the real world is a tight group of trusted friends and a
unique challenge presented to her by Carl.
“An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” is
a thrilling journey that takes a hard look at the power of fame and our
willingness to separate a person from the brand. Green manages to blend
humor, mystery and science fiction in his fast-paced debut novel.