I have always felt slightly sorry for people entering a field in which their parents or older siblings reign supreme. I’m thinking of that painful time Jeb Bush, son and younger brother, respectively, of the two Georges Bush, had to ask the audience to clap for him. But Hank Green, younger brother of the king of YA fiction, John Green, has not once over the course of his recent foray into the world of fiction had to request applause. His debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, which was released on September 25th, has been met with favorable reviews and almost instantly made it to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List. This success is due in no small part to his elder brother’s relentless campaigning in support of the novel.
For Hank Green’s birthday this year, John Green bought him a series of billboards advertising his new book around America, as well as sponsoring several charities and organizations in the book’s name.
John Green has also changed his Twitter name to express his support for An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, over the course of its journey from pre to post-publication. At the moment its ‘An Absolutely Remarkable Thing OUT NOW.’
As many reviews of Hank Green’s novel note, the ending leaves much scope for a sequel and it appears that such a follow up will come to pass. Today, John Green tweeted “I have such strong opinions about the sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and I constantly have to restrain myself from pleading with Hank to give me what I want.”
I have such strong opinions about the sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and I constantly have to restrain myself from pleading with Hank to give me what I want.
— An Absolutely Remarkable Thing OUT NOW (@johngreen) October 10, 2018
In the responses to Green’s tweet, among calls for John to write AART fanfiction, and for the Green brothers to both pen sequels and have John’s wife Sarah judge them, can be found a comment from author Molly Reene, who confirms “It’s a two book deal, so yes, a sequel is in the works.”
Check out the Amazon synopsis below:
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.
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