April May and the Carls are back in the much-anticipated sequel to Hank Green’s #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.
The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While they were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction without ever lifting a finger. Well, that’s not exactly true. 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, the world is as confused as ever. Andy has picked up April’s mantle of fame, speaking at conferences and online about the world post-Carl; Maya, ravaged by grief, begins to follow a string of mysteries that she is convinced will lead her to April; and Miranda infiltrates a new scientific operation . . . one that might have repercussions beyond anyone’s comprehension.
As they each get further down their own paths, a series of clues arrive—mysterious books that seem to predict the future and control the actions of their readers; unexplained internet outages; and more—which seem to suggest April may be very much alive. In the midst of the gang’s possible reunion is a growing force, something that wants to capture our consciousness and even control our reality.
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is the bold and brilliant follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It’s a fast-paced adventure that is also a biting social commentary, asking hard, urgent questions. How will we live online? What powers over our lives are we giving away for free? Who has the right to change the world forever? And how do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?
I loved everything about this book. If you didn’t see me scream about my love for the first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, go ahead and do that now. I think this story is incredibly relevant to the world we live in today. What I really liked about this book was that unlike the first book we didn’t just hear the story from April May. The story starts off and we don’t even hear from April May until at least 50 pages into the book. We get a bit of an update on each of the major players from the first book and they tell us what’s been going on in the world since the ending of book one. I really liked this because I felt like I got to know them better, outside of their role in April May’s life. I also think it made April May into a more likable character because we see them grieving her. I think unlikable characters that have friends who love them will make them more likable.
I really don’t know what else to say for this review because so much happens in the story and I don’t like to talk details in my reviews. But, like I said earlier, this story is so relevant to the world we live in. I loved each of the characters and each of their journeys. I loved that they all learned something important about themselves. I loved that they all grew tremendously. I think Hank created such an incredible story with characters that so easily gained my love. I absolutely cannot wait to see what he writes next.
“You will always struggle with not feeling productive until you accept that your own joy can be something you produce. It is not the only thing you will make, nor should it be, but it is something valuable and beautiful.”
“We all want to be in the room where it happens, we want to be part of the things that matter to us, but no two people have the exact same collection of things that matter. Nowadays, I don’t so much want to be in the room where it happens, but I do really want to help other people choose the right rooms, and help them realize that they really are a part of things that matter. Because when we feel like none of the rooms we are in matter, that’s when we’re really lost.”
“At some point, we have to realize that the places where we share information are not services we use, they are places where we live…this platform should not be something that a few billionaires have complete control over.”
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.