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The Humans

The Humans

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Like Kurt Vonnegut and Audrey Niffenegger, Haig uses the tropes of science fiction to explore and satirise concepts of free will, love, marriage, logic, immortality and mercy with elegance and poignancy. Haig uses the alien’s innocence mixed with intelligence to make the reader think about our basic values, social mores, and cultural aspects. Much of the first half of the novel is taken up by his puzzled analyses of primitive human ways: the nightly news, he reckons, should be renamed The War and Money Show; getting drunk is how humans forget they are mortal, while hangovers are how they remember.

The plot was perfect for making you think about what matters in life, since we see the world anew from the alien’s perspective.I picked this book up because I saw it recommended by a booktuber, and I wasn't expecting that much going into it. That’s pretty much what happens in Matt Haig’s humorous yet heartwarming novel, The Humans, though in this case your family is the human race and the outsider is an alien. An unnamed alien is therefore sent to Earth on a mission to ensure humankind remains unaware that this secret has been solved.

of me is upset about this because it was so wonderfully brilliant and I need another right now, but the other 10% is happy because this is the only book that has brought me this much feeling to my life, and I can’t review Haig every week, can I? The alien narrator attempts to fit into society with this mission in mind, but as the story develops, the alien starts to change. Having flicked through a copy of Cosmopolitan to pick up the local language, he then makes his way to Cambridge.At times I feared it would become predictable, but there was just enough variance and certainly more than enough genius. They have developed technology at a rate too fast for human psychology to keep up with, and yet they still pursue advancement for advancement's sake, and for the pursuit of money and fame they all crave so much.

I don’t want to tell you it is a book that features an alien in it, because you might not like books with aliens in it, and I don’t really. Matt Haig is the author of novels such as The Midnight Library, How to Stop Time, The Humans, The Radleys, and the forthcoming The Life Impossible. The movie rights have gone to Tanya Seghatchian (Harry Potter, My Summer of Love producer) at Apocalypto and I’m currently writing the screenplay. I enjoyed this story by Matt Haig so much more than his book The Midnight Library (see my review at https://www. From the alien’s naked (but unembarrassed) entry to our planet right through to the end, where he understands us better than we understand ourselves, this warm-hearted novel never misses a beat.The things you don’t need to live – books, art, cinema, wine and so on – are the things you need to live.



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