Title: A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
Book Beginnings quote:
I've decided to stop lying to you.
ANDY: Jason and I set up encrypted chat because I was a high-profile target for hackers, and while I didn't think I did or said anything that could be damaging to myself or other people, the last decade was littered with people who had been wrong about that.
From the publisher: 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 (Andy, Maya, and Miranda) are trying to find their footing in a post-Carl world... 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.
Review: A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is the second and final book in the Carls duology. It is an inventive series which is set in the near future and deals with issues we are and will likely have to confront about our use of technology. It picks up the action about six months after the action of the first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. The book confronts hard questions with no easy answers:
Who has the right to change the world forever?
How will we live online?
How do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?