A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor
The Carls: Book #2
Who has the right to change the world forever?
How will we live online?
How do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?
If you enjoyed An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, then you’ll love A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor.
“Readers of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing will enjoy this sequel, which may be quirkier and stranger than the first. Appreciated the interview at the end which also helped unpack some of the larger societal commentary that Green so successfully wove into the narrative.”Tina, Leaves Book and Tea Shop
If you enjoyed IQ84, then you’ll love A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor.
“Followers of Hank Green's TikTok page may have recently heard his defense of brother and fellow author John Green against critical accusations of over reliance on cliché and pandering. It's apparently something Green puts a lot of thought into in his own writing. Green creates a thoroughly modern story written for a Millennial and Gen-Z sensibility but without talking down to, or misunderstanding his audience. Similar to how authors Murakami or Ogawa blend mundane with extraordinary, Green creates a natural experience allowing readers to inhabit a world in change. Albeit from a distinctly American perspective. "A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor" provides hope for a cynical world that more and more closely mirrors our dystopian fantasies.”Jesse, Browsing Bison Books
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. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is the bold and brilliant follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It is a fast-paced adventure that is also a biting social commentary, asking hard, urgent questions about the way we live, our freedoms, our future, and how we handle the unknown.
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