Book Review: The Humans

Posted: April 11, 2016 in Uncategorized
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I recently read “The Humans” by Matt Haig.

“The Humans” by Matt Haig (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:


After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?”

This was totally random purchase but I’m glad I bought it because it’s really good!

The main character Andrew Martin is killed by aliens and then replaced by one, and this alien basically learns to be human. He’s supposed to destroy all evidence of the Professor’s one discovery but ends up loving being a human even though it hurts.

It is an alien invasion but a very subtle one, despite the alien not being hugely subtle in his attempt to pretend to be Andrew Martin even though his behaviour is very different, mainly because the alien knows hardly anything about being human.

I like this novel because it covers different subjects, from death to love, from depression and mental health to bullying, science to mathematics. It’s really weird but really interesting! The relationships the alien develops with the wife and son are fascinating!

I give it 9/10 because it’s original, funny and makes you thinks about things – you really can take a step back and see humanity from a whole different perspective and see how loving humans can be but also how destructive they can be. It’s definitely worth a read, as there are some lovely moments in this novel and it’s so refreshing seeing a mundane life being subtly shaken up!


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