An Absolutely Remarkable thing
RELEASED OUT NOW! 352 pages | Hardback/ebook Author Hank Green Publisher trapeze April May is walking through Manhattan one night when she stumbles upon a giant robot. It’s just standing there, like an Easter Island statue, with no explanation. Weird. Because she’s a 21st century woman, she promptly calls a pal, who films her talking about the robot, and they post the footage on YouTube. And then things go ballistic – as not only does the video go viral, but the robots are found all over the world. What do they want? As the first person to meet one, April becomes a global superstar... but factions of the internet start causing trouble.
It’s no surprise that so much of this book focuses on social media, given that its author, Hank Green, is CEO of a company with videos that have been viewed two billion times on YouTube. That’s why everything feels so authentic: every tweet, every livestream, every troll. It’s a perfectly executed study of what would happen online if giant robots did rock up and watch us, while April May is a perfectly realised, fame-hungry YouTuber.
The central mystery is, admittedly, a bit silly at times, and you could argue that the last act stretches credulity. Nevertheless, this is still a fascinating look at someone viewing one of the greatest events in human history through Twitter.