If you’re a fellow nerdfighter, like me, or even if you’re not, chances are you’ve heard of John Green. John Green and his brother Hank Green have quite an impressive online presence between YouTube and TikTok, including Vlogbrothers and the educational channel Crash Course. Along with a successful YouTube career, John Green is the author of several popular works that have also had screen adaptations like The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Looking for Alaska.
Now John Green has made his non-fiction debut with his newest book The Anthropocene Reviewed. This book is comprised of a collection of short essays regarding different facets of the human-centered planet. The title of the book comes from the proposed name, Anthropocene, for the current geological age that we are living in where humans are constantly changing the world for better and for worse. The topics of the essays vary from the QWERTY keyboard and Staphylococcus aureus to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar, then to close each chapter he rates the topic on a 5-star scale. This book is an expanded written form of his critically acclaimed podcast of the same name. I highly recommend listening to the podcast if you’re interested or on the fence about reading this book.
The Anthropocene Reviewed is such a unique and insightful read that is full of poignant observations on the human experience. The essays are riddled with John Green’s personal stories, experiences, and origin stories of some of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) things. I often found myself pausing and going, “wow, I never thought about it like that.” I even had to take pauses between chapters to absorb the gravity of it all or think about how I would personally rate the topic. It is truly an immersive and interactive reading experience. Reading this book gives you the same feeling as a nostalgic chat with an old friend.
It is also a great read for those who have trouble committing to a novel with a dedicated storyline, plot, and characters that require the use of memory. Each chapter is quite short, and it is easily something you can pick up whenever you find time to read a chapter here and there. I read it while traveling and it was the perfect read for in-between layovers and long flights. This book will make you cry, laugh, question life, and feel every emotion in-between.
I give the Anthropocene Reviewed 5 Stars