The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans by Matt HaigThe Humans by Matt Haig
Published by Simon and Schuster on 7/2/2013
Source: Publisher
Pages: 304
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Matt Haig’s new novel The Humans is narrated by an alien sent to inhabit the body of a professor in order to prevent him from sharing his world-altering mathematical discovery with those around him. What seems like a simple task becomes increasingly difficult as the narrator’s disgust toward the human race gradually turns to affection.

It is in the early, fumbling moments of the narrator’s journey that Matt Haig’s keen sense of observation stands out the strongest. Naked and hungry, but unable to properly handle either situation according to Earthly standards, “Professor Andrew Martin” ponders the rules humans have established to govern their species. These hilariously critical anecdotes fill almost every page in the first few chapters of The Humans, giving readers endless quotes to highlight and share.

“As things stood, there weren’t even two fun days. They only had Saturdays, because Mondays were a little bit too close to Sundays for Sunday’s liking, as if Monday were a collapsed star in the week’s solar system, with an excessive gravitational pull. In other words, one seventh of human days worked quite well. The other six weren’t very good, and five of those were roughly the same day stuck on repeat.”

While the entirety of The Humans has subtle notes of humor, there is a shift in tone as Professor Martin navigates his way toward his home, family and ultimate mission. What starts as a funny satire of our ridiculous quirks becomes a careful examination of the very things that make us human: sacrifice, forgiveness and love. Certainly not the sci-fi novel it might look like at first glance, Matt Haig has written a book that causes readers to consider the flaws in humanity while also appreciating its powerful beauty.

 

  • Matt Haig, Matt Haig…I was searching my mind for why I know this name. I remembered that I shared a blog post of his this morning on Twitter. I think that’s the same guy anyway.

    This book sounds like something else! I don’t believe I’ve ever read Haig. It might be time to start!

    • I just went and looked for the blog post you were talking about and that is SO his style, he even has a similar (though, a bit more heartwarming) type of list in the novel. Totally worth reading, it’s wonderful.

  • Matt Haig, Matt Haig…I was searching my mind for why I know this name. I remembered that I shared a blog post of his this morning on Twitter. I think that’s the same guy anyway.

    This book sounds like something else! I don’t believe I’ve ever read Haig. It might be time to start!

  • This one sounds so good, and I’m absolutely, butt-crazy in love with the cover.

  • This one sounds so good, and I’m absolutely, butt-crazy in love with the cover.

  • Really???? This sounds AMAZING! (running over to NetGalley/Edelweiss…)

  • Really???? This sounds AMAZING! (running over to NetGalley/Edelweiss…)

  • Sam_TinyLibrary

    I was so excited to get approved for this on netgalley but there was no ‘send to kindle’ button & I hate reading on the computer :(
    Anyway, I’m still going to buy a copy when it comes out because I LOVED The Radleys.

  • I like the sound of this one! It certainly sounds like a good premise. I’m going to look for this one.

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