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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing book review

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, By Hank Green, is the first book I read in 2019 and the first book I finished in its entirety in quite a long time! (you can watch my TBR here).

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows April May, an aspiring young artist in New York City. One day April stumbles upon a giant metal samurai statue and makes a video with her friend Andy. Overnight the video goes viral as the world discovers these statues have popped up all over the world and are presumed to be alien.

I love this book. I never review books I don’t like because I don’t finish them. Well, I finished this one in five days flat. It may help that I laughed my ass off a lot, and that rarely happens with books!.. I am a long time fan of the Green brothers and the work they do. My first book, Blackout, had “DFTBA” a nerdighter reference in the first pages. Picking up this book I was preparing for a read similar to John’s style and was pleasantly surprised that Hank has a much different style of writing; almost quicker, adult oriented, and more personal. The standout for this book to me is just how modern it is as well. The characters make YouTube videos, converse through Facebook, and worry about their Twitter followers. It merges the written word with modern life and technology like I haven’t seen before.

AART is about the contact with these alien objects, the reaction of humanity, and the conflicting hate/comradery that comes with all this. But, all of this is more of a vessel for what I see as the real point of the book… Fame. April comes in to fame almost over night. Despite what she wants, she is consumed by the fame and loves every moment of it. She wants more of it, and she needs more of it. Hank Green himself speaks about this from a first person perspective and seeing an honest portrayal of the hunger for fame people have is awesome.

I legitimately see myself picking this book up again to read a second time. You should check it out.

The 5th Wave movie review

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I need to start believing people when enough of them tell me something is shit. Hopefully you will believe me when I tell you this movie is complete SHIT. Not kinda shit. Not half shit. COMPLETE SHIT. The 5th Wave stars Chloe Grace Moretz and is the movie adaptation of the Young Adult book of the same name. Aliens invade and try and wipe us out in 5 different stages that make no sense but thy try and make it make sense. They don’t want to damage the earth so first they do an electromagnet pulse. Sure, makes sense. We rely on our technology. We can’t fight back without it. Then they kill us with massive earthquakes. THEN they kill us with viruses. THEN they make us turn on each other. They fucked up the earth with earthquakes then killed nearly everyone with one virus. Why not make a bunch of viruses and make us turn on each other then? Dumb ass aliens… Other than that it wasn’t that bad until the middle, just really boring. Then aliens came along and basically said to the audience “See that really bad thing we just did? We are TOTALLY aliens!” Then treated us like we are stupid and like we don’t KNOW they are aliens. Then Cassie, the main character, falls for a dude after telling you the whole time not to trust anyone… This movie was equally boring as it is frustrating. The only redeeming part of this overly narrated, contradictory, boring movie is the squad they have assembled and the brief screen time Zombie and Ringer get together. Fuck this movie. I love this genre and it didn’t do right by it.