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I really enjoyed An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green! He made an alien book that's not at all about aliens and it's quite good. The audiobook is very well done, too, and probably adds to the experience.

@Alamantus I read the Wikipedia synopsis and now I feel like I've aged years in the last five minutes

@DialMforMara
Haha, maybe that's why I enjoyed it as much as I did. I knew absolutely nothing about it before I started it, and in fact didn't even remember putting myself in line to borrow it from the library. It was just a sudden surprise that I forgot I knew existed and then I enjoyed it.

@Alamantus to me, the description feels too realistic. I wouldn't be comfortable reading it because I'd be constantly imagining it really happening and that would make me anxious.

That said, my favorite non-spoiler of the synopsis was that the President is referred to as "she."

@DialMforMara
Hahaha that's definitely fair! It was pretty anxiety-inducing at times. Social action rather than traditional action-y action.

And also, yeah, the president is one of the best characters on top of being a "she". :D

@Alamantus Here's a big question: does it feel like a Neal Stephenson novel? (That's generally a minus for me.)

@DialMforMara
Hmm, I've only read a few of them, but I'd say no. Firstly, it feels much more modern; secondly, it's more fun(?); and thirdly, there's puzzles (but the characters solve them, not the reader).

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