For the first time in a long time, I was part of a book club to read this book. I had heard good things about it but never thought that I would love it as much as I actually did. As we started our reading, I figured I would read it at a steady pace so to not go too far ahead of my friends. But once it came to a certain part in the book, I was obsessed, I needed to finish it as soon as possible.
The Humans by Matt Haig is a story about a mathematician named Andrew Martin who solves one of the world’s most challenging math theories. The theory was so advanced that it caught the attention of alien life forms who then decided that it would be too much for the human race to handle. So they decide to take Andrew from his home and send down an alien who will look just like him in order to destroy all evidence that Andrew Martin did indeed solve the Riemann zeta function. The alien will have to go as far as kill anyone who knew about it too.
So basically this alien, gets sent to earth with little to no knowledge about humans. He doesn’t understand the concepts like clothing, the news, love, etc. And he’s supposed to act like Andrew in order to find the information he needs. To put it bluntly, he gets into a lot of trouble and it’s a miracle how nobody saw through his disguise. They claimed he was crazy.
Later on in the book, he communicates with his supervisor aliens and they continuously tell him to stay pure and focused on the task at hand but the new Andrew Martin gets carried away in all of the human’s emotions. He discovers he can feel things and see things in a way he never knew was possible.
This is one of those books that really makes you reflect on your own life and makes you think twice about the things that surround you. It’s true, humans are a selfish species who sometimes tend to care more about themselves instead of the thousands of other species on this planet, but we learn to love wholeheartedly and we can live passionate lives without worrying about out impending death that will soon take us all. Despite our flaws, we are beautiful, smart, strong and wise.
I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for something new and fresh. It isn’t your average sap story yet it isn’t a hardcore sci-fi novel either. If you have the chance, read it. You won’t be disappointed.
10 out of 10