'A raucous, boldly inventive tale' BOOKLIST
'Provides a "Black Mirror"-like warning of new technology without the heavy feeling of dread' USA TODAY
The magnificent sequel to Hank Green's #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
The statues disappeared in an instant. While they were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction without ever lifting a finger. They also contributed to the untimely death of April May: a young woman who stumbled into their path, naming them the Carls and gaining viral fame in an avalanche of conspiracy theories.
When April's friends try to carry on with their lives, a series of clues arrive - mysterious books that seem to predict the future - and which also seem to suggest April may be very much alive . . . But there's a bigger mystery to solve.
Did the Carls ever really leave us, and what happens if they're here to stay?
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is a bold and brilliant conclusion that asks whether anyone has the right to change the world.
Green's slow-moving and philosophically dense sequel to the comic sci-fi novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing brings readers up to speed on the rocky aftermath of the departure of the Carls, giant robotic statues that sprung up overnight in cities around the world. The Carls vanished just as quickly as they appeared, and their discoverer, April May, is missing and presumed dead. A few months later, April's friends along with the rest of the world are still struggling to put together what happened. April's best friend, Andy, has inherited her misbegotten fame; her ex-girlfriend Maya, unconvinced of April's death, sets out to find her; and scientist Miranda arrives at an ethical crossroads in her work. When the people who loved April most each receive a mysterious book able to predict the future, they follow its clues to find April alive but in an entirely new form. Reunited, the friends band together once more in order to save the world from a mounting technological threat. Though the narrator shifts in each chapter, the perspectives of the vast cast are often indistinguishable from each other. Readers will have to hang in until the midpoint before the plot begins to come together, but once it does, it's thrilling to watch the puzzle pieces fall into place. This is best suited for Green's diehard fans.
After such a successful first book, Hank Green really brings it home again with the sequel. A page turner from the start, it subtly tackles so many current issues whilst engrossing you in a capturing story. I think I still prefer the first book, but this is an unmissable and crazy ride.