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I recently read “The Humans” by Matt Haig.

“The Humans” by Matt Haig (via Goodreads)

The blurb reads:

“THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.
OR IS THERE?

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!

I recently read “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.  

The blurb reads:

“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…”

It is an interesting read and feels like a mixture of several things put together: one huge dollop of “The Hunger Games” (a dystopian world of segregation where people fight each other), a tiny pinch of “Twilight” (a girl discovers she has supernatural powers and is in her element), a bite of “Noughts and Crosses” (a world of segregation of the elite and the commoners) and a chunk of the X-Men (people born with special powers).

Mare is an interesting character who had no idea she was special and was just struggling through life knowing she hasn’t got a promising future. Then everything changes and her world becomes full of secrets and power struggles. There is plenty of promise in this novel, especially as it is the start of a series, although it’s not as good as “The Hunger Games” so far. It’s a good read and is fairly easy to follow. The ideas are intriguing with all the special powers and the fact that certain people have red blood and others have silver blood is quite weird.

It seems to end fairly quickly but if there’s more books to come then it isn’t too bad. I recommend it if you liked “The Hunger Games” as it’s got a lot of similar features but then that could be a downside to this novel!

I give this book 7 out of 10.

Yesterday, I ordered some books from Amazon and they arrived today!

Special delivery

Special delivery

Now, before people start telling me I should support my local bookshops and all that, I must point out that the nearest decent bookshop is a good 15-20 minute drive away from my house and parking isn’t free, and the last few books I’ve bought have actually come from bookshops! I try to alternate between online stores and bookshops!

My main reason for buying online was needing to get some books for my mum’s birthday fairly quickly! I also have some birthday money to spend and I’ve been wanting some new books for a while!

These are the books I bought:

New books!

New books!

The top 2 are the ones I’ve bought for my mum, picked from a list she gave me. I actually want to read “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” because it is the continuation of the Millennium series by the late Stieg Larsson, although at the same time I sort of don’t want to read it in case it ruins the series! I’m not really sure what “The Silence of the Sea” is about but I may or may not read that once my mum has!

The 3 bottom ones are my choices! I like books about twins so “The Ice Twins” sounds fascinating. “The Red Queen” is one of these YA novels which is a fantasy that could be big like “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight” and sounds a bit like “Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman. “The Humans” just sounds like it could be funny and a bit weird with aliens in it.

I have no idea which book to start with but I’m looking forward to reading them!