Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Book - Text: Lincee Ray

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 Thing."

April May pays her dues work­ing at a Man­hat­tan­based 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.

Novel by Hank Green is out of this world

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