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Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hank Green's appropriately named debut novel "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" is a marvel of our time. The book is at once a fun, thrilling sci-fi story about aliens making first contact. At the same time it gives a stark look at the realities of the modern world. It seems like an attempt to answer many questions, chief of which are 1) What could legitimately happen in the world if a sentient alien race made first contact with us on planet earth? and 2) What does it actually do to a person to be suddenly thrust into the spotlight of fame and fortune in the age of the internet? I can think of no person better equipped to answer these questions than Hank Green.

The story is well-paced, being told in an after-the-fact first-person account by the main character, April. HG's character development is every bit on par with his brother's (John Green). April and her friends Andy, Maya, Miranda, and Robin…