Who has the right to change the world forever?
How will we live online?
How do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?
The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While the robots were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction with only their presence. Part of their maelstrom was the sudden viral fame and untimely death of April May: a young woman who stumbled into Carl’s path, giving them their name, becoming their advocate, and putting herself in the middle of an avalanche of conspiracy theories.
Months later, April’s friends are trying to find their footing in a post-Carl world. Andy has picked up April’s mantle of fame, speaking at conferences and online; Maya, ravaged by grief, begins to follow a string of mysteries that she is convinced will lead her to April; and Miranda is contemplating defying her friends’ advice and pursuing a new scientific operation…one that might have repercussions beyond anyone’s comprehension. Just as it is starting to seem like the gang may never learn the real story behind the events that changed their lives forever, a series of clues arrive—mysterious books that seem to predict the future and control the actions of their readers—all of which seems to suggest that April could be very much alive.
In the midst of the search for the truth and the search for April is a growing force, something that wants to capture our consciousness and even control our reality.
This sequel did not disappoint. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing was an exciting story told from April’s POV about a silent alien invasion and humans working together. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is so much more.
Told with alternating POVs, this story is complex, scary, beautiful, and so overwhelmingly consuming. I didn’t want to put it down and had to know what was going to happen next. I kept getting lulled into a false sense of security, thinking I knew what was happening, but there was always another twist or surprise ahead.
I love this series and these characters. None of them is particularly likeable, besides maybe Jason and Bex, but what’s important is they try to do the right thing even when it’s hard and seems impossible. They have a lot more faith in humanity than I do. I mean, I wish a crazy doom alien was controlling all of these terrible people and institutions in the world – at least then there’d be an explanation for it and something we could fight.
I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It’s well-written, exciting, and suitable for everyone. Hank Green is the best. (And yes, I read all of the technical explanations in Hank’s voice, regardless of the narrator at the time).