Thursday, March 28, 2019

Prince Charming

By: Rachel Hawkins
Image result for 9781524738259Location: FIC HAW
Genre: Romance
Series: Royals #1

Meet Daisy Winters. She's an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair, a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who's nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince's roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown--and the intriguing Miles--might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself


"I really, really, really enjoyed this novel. It was cute, it was funny, it was sarcastic, and it was equal parts relatable and not relatable. I honestly sped through these pages and could. not. get. enough. Seriously, I wanted the sequel in my hot little hands like...yesterday." Brooke

The Art of Losing

Image result for 9781641291040By: Lizzy Mason
Location: FIC  MAS
Genre: Contemporary


A story of betrayal, forgiveness, family, friendship, healing and sisterhood, Lizzy Mason takes readers on an unforgettable journey that will remain long after "The end."

On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.

“I also think it’s better to have loved and lost, you know? I just think everyone should get to experience that happiness, even if there’s a chance it might lead to heartbreak.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Nowhere on Earth

By: Nick Lake
Location: FIC LAK
Image result for 9781444940459Genre: Thriller, Adventure- Coming of Age

A thrilling story of survival, hope and a love beyond all understanding.
'Action and excitement and deep emotion. Gorgeous.' Cecelia Ahern
It starts with a plane crash.

There are survivors: a teenage girl and her little brother. They are running from something. But what?

Then the men arrive. They are hunting the girl and boy. And-

And that's all we can tell you ...

"I loved this book, I started reading it and lost all track of time as I could not put it down! Its about a young girl and her brother stranded on a mountain in Alaska after their small plane crashes. Whilst on the mountain they are chased by a band of men who seem determined to stop them getting to safety. Not only is this a fast paced adventure story about survival but it is also a coming of age story as the girl learns to speak up for what she wants in life. It reads like a Hollywood blockbuster with heart and this isn’t a bad thing, who doesn’t like a good action adventure film that’s easy to get lost in! I really don't want to say too much about it as I believe that will spoil the plot but if you like your reads fast and pacy then this is for you!"- Denise- Goodreads

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Body Parts

Image result for 9781635761665By: Jessica Kapp
Location: FIC KAP
Genre: Sci Fi Dystopia   

People would kill for her body.

Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.

When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.

Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?

Chandra reflects on this book- this way...
"The world is actually going in this direction, I think. Maybe not so much in raising kids for body parts, but this world the author created consists of pills that can cure just about anything. Need a tan? Take a pill. Get rid of wrinkles? Take a pill. Want to be smarter? Take a pill. Want to excel at sports? Take a pill. I think you get the drift. The real world today actually has a tanning pill going through FDA approval and is approved in a couple of countries. I only know this due to my "allergy" to the sun and was almost part of a test group. So I can absolutely see this world Jessica created in our future... and it's a scary one. This YA, sci-fi book has all the parts you would expect - instalove, love triangle, rescue missions and rebellion against the government/pharm company. Personally, I love these types of stories (well I could do without instalove sometimes but that's all mood based) and Jessica Kapp does it RIGHT. At under 300 pages, it's a quick and entertaining read and those who love YA books will definitely take a liking to this one as well."

Upgrade Soul

By: Ezra Claytan Daniels
Image result for 9781549302923Location: GRA DAN
Genre: Graphic Novel- Sci Fi, Identity

Upgrade Soul has an interesting premise: an elderly couple decide to undergo an experimental treatment but it goes very wrong, leaving them disfigured and questioning whether they made the right decision...

For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones? 

In Upgrade Soul, McDuffie Award-winning creator Ezra Claytan Daniels asks probing questions about what shapes our identity-Is it the capability of our minds or the physicality of our bodies? Is a newer, better version of yourself still you? This page-turning graphic novel follows the lives of Hank and Molly as they discover the harsh truths

"Hank and Molly are rich and elderly. They decide to do an experimental medical treatment that promises to make them young and healthy again. Problems occur. Ethical questions arise. What does it mean to be human? Is it the mind or the body that defines humanity? What is the impact of the changes brought on by aging? The unexpected turns of the plot are the best part of Upgrade Soul. 

Wow, I adored this philosophical graphic novel! It makes the reader think about many profound issues that resonate long after the novel is finished.. Upgrade Soul is highly recommended. 5 stars!"- Diane

Three Dark Crowns Series

Image result for three dark crown seriesBy: Kendare Blake
Location: FIC BLA
Genre: Fantasy
Series:
Book One- Three Dark Crowns
Book  Two- One Dark Throne
Book Three- Two Dark Reigns



Three sisters. One crown. A fight to the death.

“Three dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”


“I want revenge." She whispers, and her fingers trail bloody streaks down Natalia's arms.
"And then I want my crown.”


In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose . . . it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sticking with Pigs

By: Mary-Anne Scott
Location: FIC SCO
Image result for 9780995106406Genre: Kiwi as- hunting

Adele Broadbent gives this review:

Wolf (Wolfgang - named after Amadeus by his musician mum) hasn't been very focused lately. His marks at school have declined and he's dropped out of his sports and activities. Wolf's worried about his brother Davey. Davey has been diagnosed with the rare Addison's disease, requiring injections, hospital visits and rest.

When Wolf gets the chance to go hunting with an experienced uncle, his parents are dubious, but with Davey's help he soon earns the right (and fitness) to go.

Excited, Wolf can't wait to get out there amongst the action of a pig-hunt. He's not disappointed, but by the end of his adventure he's been scared, exhausted, embarrassed, angry, thrilled, and just plain terrified. It wasn't what he expected and just about everything that could go wrong - does.

I loved the character of Wolf. He was very believable as he tried to shake the 'townie' label, impress a girl and his uncle, all with the thought of Davey stuck at home and unable to experience what he was doing. This story had no 'boring bits' as Wolf came across one challenge after another. Great kiwi lingo and reluctant reader heaven.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Four Dead Queens

By: Astrid Scholte
Image result for 9781760524418Location: FIC SCH
Genre: Fantasy

That cover art.....

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.



Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Keralie Corrington is a talented pickpocket. She steals for the black market in her quadrant. Her nation is divided into four regions, each strictly separated from the other. Four queens, one from each quadrant, rule as one. 

When Keralie steals a particularly valuable item from a messenger, she discovers she's intercepted instructions to murder the queens. Hoping to find the culprit, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt. But with Keralie and Varin each keeping secrets - and the lives of the queens hanging in the balance - everything is at stake. And no one can be trusted in a world full of ruthless thieves, black markets, a golden palace, daring heists, royal intrigue, noble messengers, forbidden love, four queens - each with a secret, and, of course, murder.

Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Skyward- Claim the stars

By: Brandon Sanderson
Image result for 9781473217867Location: FIC SAN
Genre:- There is only one answer to this- SANDERSON!


So which cover- The USA one or the UK one...
For me always- the UK one for our IT Tech at work it has to be the USA one!!!!!


From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, the Stormlight Archive, and the internationally bestselling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war with an alien race called the Krell.
Spensa’s world has been under alien attack for decades. Pilots are the heroes of what’s left of humanity, and becoming a pilot is Spensa’s dream. Ever since she was a little girl, Spensa has dreamed of soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her father’s legacy stands in the way—he was a pilot who was killed for desertion years ago, branding Spensa the daughter of a coward, and making her chances of attending flight school slim to none.
Spense is still determined to fly—even if it means she must be as resilient in the face of long odds as humanity itself has had to be against the alien threat. And her accidental discovery in a long forgotten cavern might just grant her a way to claim the stars.

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Berlin Love Song

Image result for berlin love songBy: Sarah Matthias
Location: FIC MAT
Genre: Historical Fiction WW II


The Romani girl and the German soldier.
​Daring to love against the rules.


​Max is 14, a German schoolboy, when he first meets Lili, a trapeze artist from a travelling circus that performs every year in Berlin. Lili is a Romani, and her life and customs are very different from those of Max and his family.

Torn apart by the outbreak of war they meet again aged 17, when their friendship turns into love – but love between a member of the Hitler youth and a member of the Romani community is forbidden. As events wrench them apart for a second time, can their love survive?

"I really enjoyed this book. It is set in WW2 and follows two characters; Max who is a German boy that gets conscripted into the Hitler Youth and Lili who is a Romani and her family own a traveling circus. When Max meets Lili they fall in love but they come from different worlds and they can't be together.

I have read a lot of WW2 fiction but I have never read anything that focuses on the struggles of the Romanis during the war. I think it can be easy to forget that other groups of people were targeted during the war as a lot of the focus is on the Jewish Holacaust. I am glad that the author decided to focus on a different angle for her story. "- Kirsty

The Girl King

By: Mimi Yu
Image result for 9781473223110Location: FIC  YU
Genre: Fantasy

Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this sweeping tale of ambition, sacrifice and betrayal for readers of Sabaa Tahir and Alwyn Hamilton.

All hail the Girl King. 

Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty's first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead—a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally—and an army—if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved…

Alone in the volatile court, Min's hidden power awakens—a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign…or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters' greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

"Wow, this book is so magical and captivating - I loved it so much! So many twists and turns. I cannot wait to read what happens next in this fantastic story." Anissa

Highway Bodeis

By: Alisn Evans
Image result for 9781760685027Location: FIC EVA
Genre: Zombie Horror

Who will you rely on in the zombie apocalypse?



Bodies on the TV, explosions, barriers, and people fleeing. No access to social media. And a dad who’ll suddenly bite your head off – literally. These teens have to learn a new resilience…

Members of a band wield weapons instead of instruments.

A pair of siblings find there’s only so much you can joke about, when the menace is this strong.

And a couple find depth among the chaos.

Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

"this was a great Aussie LGBTQI zombie book"  Figgy

 This book is not for the faint hearted
trigger warnings: death of family members and friends, blood and gore, misgendering, multiple murders, animal death, fires, explosions, reference to past domestic violence/child abuse

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes

By: Holly Bourne
Image result for 9781474933612Location: FIC 
Genre: Young adult- mental health

 "This book is an honest and realistic portrayal of someone living with bipolar disorder, it’s packed full of emotion, doesn’t hold back on talking about sensitive subjects such as suicide and abuse and it is just beautifully written. If I could make every single person who is ignorant about mental illness read this book, I would." Ellesha

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

“I think real kindness, real compassion, is having the strength to stop and try and see where another person is coming from. To try and work out why they’re being the way they’re being. It takes time and patience. It’s not as easy, but that’s real kindness.” 

Odd One Out

By: Nic Stone
Image result for 9781471175589Location: FIC 
Genre: LGBT, Young adult


From the author of Dear Martin comes this exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney "Coop" Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. 

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I'm right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.


"Courtney Aloysius Cooper IV ("Coop") has been in love with his best friend Jupiter for as long as he can remember. He knows she is a lesbian so he knows a romantic relationship between the two will never happen, but that doesn't stop him from thinking about her all the time. Plus, it doesn't help that they spend almost all of their free time together since they live next door to each other and their families are intertwined. Heck, he even pledged his virginity to her when they were in seventh grad.
Odd One Out is a poignant, sweet, thought-provoking exploration of the bonds between friends and how romance can both blur and possibly damage those bonds. It's a well-written book about being honest with yourself and those around you, and how easy it can be to take advantage of someone whose feelings may be stronger for you than yours are for them. It's also a look at sexual identity and how it is shaped, and whether declaring who you are is really important."- Larry

Price of Duty

By: Todd Strasser
Image result for 9781481497091Location: FIC 
Genre: The evils of war

“War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.” 
-- Bertrand Russell 

"PRICE OF DUTY is a hard-hitting, thought-provoking, page turner that could change the lives of young readers. Encourage them to put down their video game controllers and pick up this book."- Richie

From award-winning author Todd Strasser comes a gripping new novel that explores the struggles of war, the price paid by those who fight in them, and what it really means to be a hero.

Jake Liddell is a hero.

At least, that’s what everyone says he is. The military is even awarding him a Silver Star for his heroic achievements—a huge honor for the son of a military family. Now he’s home, recovering from an injury, but it seems the war has followed him back. He needs pills to get any sleep, a young woman is trying to persuade him into speaking out against military recruitment tactics, and his grandfather is already urging him back onto the battlefield. He doesn’t know what to do; nothing makes sense anymore.

There is only one thing that Jake knows for certain: he is no hero.

"This book should be required reading for every young person who’s considering entering the military. This is an ambitious novel for a YA writer. If Strasser appears to bite off more than he can chew in 177 pages, it’s probably because there’s so much here that needs to be chewed over." Goodreads review

Illegal

Image result for 9781492665823By: Eion Colfer and Andrew  Donkin
Location: GRA COL
Genre: Refugee Graphic Novel
 Illustrator - Giovanni Rigano

A powerfully moving graphic novel by New York Timesbestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants.

Ebo is alone.His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life--the same journey their sister set out on months ago.

But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family.

"Ebo is a young boy in Africa whose parents are dead, his sister has already made it to Europe and his brother has just left this morning. So he sets out on a journey to find his brother and make it to Europe. Along the way, he has to cross the Sahara desert, avoid soldiers, and cross the Mediterranean on a dinghy. 

This is a gripping, harrowing tale. I found myself holding tight to the arm of my chair as I rooted Ebo on, not knowing if he was going to live or die. Ebo is a joyful, determined soul in an awful, hellish place. The book will make you think about how a simple twist of fate like where you are born can truly determine the kind of life you can have."- Chad

Monday, March 11, 2019

After Image

Image result for aFTER IMAGE BOOK HUGHESBy: Naomi Hughes
Location: FIC 
Genre: Sci Fi, Mystery and Romance - BOOM!

Like an afterimage: the ghost of light that’s left behind when you’ve been staring at something too bright for too long.


A horrific explosion levels part of the city and Camryn Kingfisher is the sole survivor.

Amidst controversy, conspiracy theories, and threats from government officials, Camryn longs for the truth. But the only person who she can turn to is a transparent boy in a lab coat named Quint. Unsure whether he’s a hallucination or a ghost, Camryn has no choice but to trust him as they become embroiled in a plot that is bigger than either of them realize. 

In a race where the fabric of time and space is at stake, they must figure out who caused the explosion before the culprit comes back to finish Camryn―and her city―off for good.

"I don't read a lot of sci-fi, but after reading the synopsis of this gorgeous book, I just had to check it out! I'm so glad I did! From the very first page, I was hooked, and I found myself reading this gem of a book in almost one sitting. 
Naomi Hughes's debut is not one to miss! A true page-turner that will keep you guessing the whole time! I loved it and highly recommend"


"I loved this YA thriller! Calling it a thriller is oversimplifying. Whether you're a fan of ghost stories and the paranormal, a science-fiction fan, or a reader of conspiracy thrillers, this book is for you. A very original take on the YA thriller genre, very smart, and full of unanticipated twists. I highly recommend this.

JINXED

By: Amy McCulloch
Image result for 9781471169960Location: FIC  MCC
Genre: Sci Fi

ROBOTIC CATS!!!!!!!
PURRFECT!

"... a very strong and fun book, with awesome Pokemon like vibes." :)

Lacey Chu has big dreams of becoming a companioneer for MONCHA, the largest tech firm in North America and the company behind the  "baku" - a customisable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion too. When Lacey finds out she hasn't been accepted into Profectus - the elite academy for cutting edge tech - it seems her dreams are over. Worst of all, rather than getting to choose one of the advanced bakus, she’s stuck with a rubbish insect one. 

Then, one night, Lacey comes across the remains of an advanced baku. Once it might’ve been in the shape of a cat but it’s now mangled and broken, no sign of electronic life behind its eyes. Days of work later and the baku opens its eyes. Lacey calls him Jinx – and Jinx opens up a world for her that she never even knew existed, including entry to the hallowed halls of Profecus. Slowly but surely, Jinx becomes more than just a baku to Lacey – he becomes her perfect companion. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his code or built into his motherboard. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet. He seems ... real

"Jinxed is a lighthearted and fun novel, perfect for young teen readers. With diverse characters and a focus on strong, talented females, it is an easy book to recommend."

"Overall JINXED is a light-hearted and action filled book. There is plenty of humour, danger, friendship, a smidge of romance and plenty of intrigue. Oh, and did I say I loved Jinx? He certainly had a mind of his own, and his own agenda, he is cheeky, unruly, sarcastic and certainly intrigued by real cats. "

The Clockwork War

Image result for the clockwork warBy: Adam Kline
Location: EAS KLI
Genre: Steampunk

Redwall revisited- kind off

To battle a menacing evil figure, a group of children team up with amazing mechanical machines built by genius clockmaker Karl Indergarten.

 
Best friends Karlheinz Indergarten and Leopold Croak clash in an epic, imaginary battle waged in the branches of an enormous, ancient oak tree. But when lightning strikes young Leopold, he loses his imagination, and with it, his sense of right and wrong. The damaged boy grows to adulthood, treading a sinister path of industrial conquest. And Leopold’s thirst for power soon threatens the tree, the village, and worst of all, the children within.
 
But humble Karl discovers a gift for clockwork—the magic of gears and cogs—and assembles a mechanical army to fight back. Joined by the children themselves, Karl endeavors to save the village, the ancient oak, and maybe—just maybe—something more besides.

"Love this as a read aloud! Tons of fun. Each chapter is it's own mini part of the story and is it's own fun adventure."

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Image result for an absolutely remarkable thingBy: Hank  Green
Location:  FIC 
Genre: Sci Fi

 "This was quite a riveting, witty book, and I was thoroughly absorbed!"

"OH MAN. What a dang read. Shoot peeps. This one hit me really hard. It was one of those books where the second I finished it all I wanted to do was read it again".

"The highest praise I can pay this book was that I finished it, went for a walk, found a bookstore and proceeded to look for another story like it. Here's the thing, there's no story like it. Green does a remarkable job of navigating telling a modern tale wrapped up in Youtube and Twitter and modern celebrity."


In his much-anticipated 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 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.
 


“Even on this most terrible days, even when the worst of us are all we can think of, I am proud to be a human.” 
― Hank Green, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing