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The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

The Anthropocene Reviewed

by John Green

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In this witty collection of essays filled with insightful ideas, John Green reviews the faults—and merits—in ourselves.

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Why I love it

Rachael Burlette
BOTM Editorial Team

In his latest book, The Anthropocene Reviewed, beloved author John Green leaves the world of fiction behind for his first nonfiction work. While we’ve come to love characters like Hazel and Alaska, this time we get to experience John Green’s own thoughts and stories through a collection of essays. It may be different than we’re used to, but it is a classic John Green book that explores the things that make us human.

The Anthropocene is described as the current geological age, in which humans are shaping the world and its biodiversity. Originally a podcast, John Green’s newest book reviews the Anthropocene in thoughtful short essays where he rates things ranging from Canadian Geese and Diet Dr. Pepper to Halley’s Comet and Velociraptors, all on a five-star scale. Written during the pandemic, this book is as much about observing the world as it is about living in it and finding hope in difficult times.

John Green is known for drawing readers in with his storytelling, and his new book does not disappoint. Using details, facts, and anecdotes from his own life, he has created essays that will help you reflect on the world and your place in it. This book is full of hope and wonder which can be hard to find with everything going on in the world.

And now in the spirit of The Anthropocene Reviewed, I give this book five stars.

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The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet—from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley's Comet to Penguins of Madagascar—on a five-star scale.

Complex and rich with detail, the Anthropocene's reviews have been praised as “observations that double as exercises in memoiristic empathy,” with over 10 million lifetime downloads. John Green's gift for storytelling shines throughout this artfully curated collection about the shared human experience; it includes beloved essays along with six all-new pieces exclusive to the book.

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  • Schaumburg, IL

    This is an essay collection that everyone needs to read. It will make you laugh, think and feel emotional. I couldn’t put this down. Loved the format of a chapter on each topic with a star rating


    John Green’s writing is full of hope and wonder, showing how much good there is in this world. I appreciated the variety in topics and reviews. Definitely read the notes with each essay.

  • Colorado Springs, CO

    With his first nonfiction book, he did not disappoint. Filled with random facts I would have never known, and an interesting look into his head. I would recommend this book to anyone!

  • colorado springs, CO

    A very relatable tongue-in-cheek review of what it means to be human. Very readable as well, reads more like a memoir than your "standard" non fiction essay.

  • Belfair, WA

    Long live John Green! His stories are beautiful, touching, and fun. This collection of essays is BRILLIANT and thought provoking! The guy is a genius.

  • Baltimore, MD

    So good. A different pace to what I'm normally into and to what John has normally written. But exactly what I needed to read during this time.

  • Stockton, CA

    Highly recommended! I live John Green and have followed him for a very long time. This book, based on his podcast, was well worth the read.

  • Glenview, IL

    Amazing read that I didn’t know I needed. Thank you John Green. Looking forward to more non-fiction reads from him!

  • Concord, NC

    Thought provoking nonfiction, but with the John Green voice that his readers know and love

  • Lemoore , CA

    Definitely one of my fave John Green books. I really like the written structure.

  • Wayne, PA

    Yanked me out of a reading slump. This book is delightful.

  • Paonia, CO

    I devoured this book. Simply put: I give it five stars.

  • Bountiful, UT

    i give “the anthropocene reviewed” five stars

  • Austin, TX

    Loved it - one of my few favorites for 2021.

  • Aurora , IL

    One of the best books I read in 2021!

  • South Hadley, MA

    So many beautiful musings on life!

  • Fuquay Varina , NC

    This was such a great read

  • Bullhead City, AZ

    amazing + comforting

  • Interlaken, NJ

    Best book of 2021.

  • Pompton Plains, NJ

    Painfully human.

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