Title: The Humans
Author: Matt Haig
Source: Purchased with christmas money!
Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn’t a very nice man–as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family, and “the humans” than he ever expected. When he begins to fall for his own wife and son–who have no idea he’s not the real Andrew–the alien must choose between completing his mission and returning home or finding a new home right here on Earth.
It’s been quite a long time since I have written an actual review for this blog. (I’m sorry!) So I have returned with the very first book that I have read in 2015. It was definitely a good one to start the year with.
First of all lets talk about how wonderful it looks. Just let us appreciate this for a second. I am obsessed with books that have stars on the from, they look wonderful on shelves and are just generally aesthetically pleasing. Whoever designed this cover deserves a huge pat on that back.
Now that we’ve got that out of us, lets talk about the premise of the book. I’m not entirely sure the plot was that original. An alien comes to earth to destroy a mathematical formula that would advance the human race in a detrimental way. Whilst doing this, he tries to understand the motivation behind human life. However, you know that feeling when you know you’ve read something really profound and you just have to sit there and collect your thoughts… That’s how I felt after this. I can’t really describe how it is different, it just is.
I loved how the book looked at family dynamics from an outsiders perspective. It would definitely be interesting to just be dropped into someone else’s life and have to try and work out how they function, but this book is really realistic in how it explores relationships in all shapes and sizes. It offers a significantly unique perspective that is mostly funny but extremely heartbreaking at the same time.
If you love reading contemporary fiction then this is for you. It may be filled with aliens, but it is definitely not science fiction. Has anyone else read this? What where your thoughts?