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.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows 23-year-old April May as she becomes a viral social media influencer after discovering the first of many alien robots in the middle of Manhattan. This starts a series of puzzles to figure out what these robots, referred to as Carls, want. For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: An entertaining gateway into speculative sci-fi novels.
Full Review: I read this book as a part of our Judging More Than Just The Cover Book Club podcast [check out the spoiler-filled discussion episode here]. This was our fifth episode, following The Rules of Magic. So this review will be spoiler-free and the podcast will have more details and thorough analysis. We chose this book because it had strong female main characters and was in the Book of the Month Box, which I LOVE. I, mean, $14.99 a month for a new release hardcover and $9.99 for any additional book AND free shipping? Can’t beat that. [Click here to get your first box for $9.99.]
Overall, I have to say I am impressed with this book. It is probably the best sci-fi I have read. I am not typically drawn to that genre, so the fact that this was a little bit more light-hearted and it had just one science fiction element made it more palatable for me. I will possibly be more open to reading other sci-fi novels in the future, but probably still in the young adult to new adult age range so it isn’t too heavy on the technology jargon.
The main character was not necessarily likable, but I did enjoy her sassy voice. The story was an interesting take on the millennial mindset of social media. It reminded me a lot of the escalation in social media interference that takes place in The Circle. [This is discussed in more detail in the podcast.]
If you’ve read some of my other book reviews, you know that I hate series and I hate cliffhangers even more [See why I hate series here]. So that was my main complaint about this book. The ending made me feel like I didn’t get all the answers I needed about who the robots are and what they want. There’s also a big reveal at the end that clearly requires us to read the next book to know what really happened. When I finish a book, I want to feel like I have the complete story. I did not feel that way with this book.
I definitely recommend this book, mainly to people in the teen to mid-twenties range. If you are looking to dip your feet into sci-fi, this is a good choice. However, it may be a little boring to people who really love in-depth sci-fi. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Podcast Episode (With Spoilers)
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