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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Sparkling with mystery, humor and the uncanny, this is a fun read. But beneath its effervescent tone, more complex themes are at play." - San Francisco Chronicle

In his wildly entertaining debut novel, Hank Green - cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow - spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.


The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor - April and her best 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. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world - from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring for the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye. The beginning of an exciting fiction career, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a bold and insightful novel of now.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"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 in which the page-turning story and the fascinating ideas inform and support each other. This book expands your mind while taking you on a hell of a ride." - Joseph Fink

"You're about to meet somebody named April May who you're immediately going to want to be best friends with. And bonus, she spends all her time having incredible adventures with giant robots and dream puzzles and accidental Internet fame. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is pure book-joy." - Lev Grossman

"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

"Funny, thrilling, and an absolute blast to read. I knew Hank would be good at this, but I didn't know he would be this good on the first try." - John Scalzi

"By turns joyful, devastating, personal, zeitgeisty, modern, classic, fast-paced, and thoughtful, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing blew me away with its fresh take on first contact in this fragile, ever-connected world we live in. Quick but never shallow, it will stand as a snapshot of an era as well as just a darn good read." - Catherynne M Valente


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February 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (Signed Edition): A Novel
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel
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July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
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July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
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ISBN: 1-4732-2419-5 / 978-1-4732-2419-3 (UK edition)
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September 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author(s): Hank Green
ISBN: 1-5247-4413-1 / 978-1-5247-4413-7 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author(s): Hank Green
ISBN: 0-525-64178-5 / 978-0-525-64178-0 (USA edition)
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author(s): Hank Green
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September 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author(s): Hank Green
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author(s): Hank Green
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Hank Green
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Hank Green
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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September 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (Jacob's Ladder)
Author(s): Hank Green
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September 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel
Author(s): Hank Green
Publisher: Dutton
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