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A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from #1 bestselling author John Green.
The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.
Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.
John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.
YA novelist Green (Turtles All the Way Down) makes his adult debut with this perfectly calibrated collection that reviews and rates various aspects of the current epoch. Taking on the style of a Yelp review, Green assigns a five-star rating to each topic he covers. "Our Capacity for Wonder," for example, gets three and a half stars (due to humans' general lack of attentiveness), while Diet Dr. Pepper gets four Green loves the drink, but finds consuming it feels like "committing a sin." His review of the video game Mario Kart gives way to a discussion of privilege and a consideration of the role videos games played in the male friendships of his youth: "We didn't need to talk about Mario Kart, but we needed Mario Kart to have an excuse to be together," while CNN gets two stars for its failure to report "background information that allows us to understand why the news is happening." Each short review is rich with meaning and filled with surprises "Sunsets," for example, draws on several poems to ask "what should we do about the clich d beauty" of a setting sun and together, they amount to a resonant paean to hard-won hope. Green's legions of fans will be delighted.