Review: Humans By Matt Haig

The HumansFaith in humanity: Restored

Funny. It’s not rolling on the floor, funny. But more like ha-ha, funny.

Moving. In this story, humans and their entire being are put into question. And sometimes I ask myself the same question—whether we’re worth something or not. This book is an eye-opener for me, it moved me because of how much I belittle our beings. No matter how hard I try, I somehow focus on the bad notion I have with us, humans, being vulnerable, manipulative and undoubtedly foolish. Yeah, I know I’m such a pessimist, but hey the floor is always open for arguments. Nonetheless this book showed me that us, humans, are (undoubtedly) double threat. Our disadvantage/weakness and advantage/strength can be considered as one. It’s just a matter of perspective.

Timing was just right. I have to say, timing plays a crucial part in my rating system. If you can actually relate or connect to the story, it’s a whole new world. That’s probably the main reason why I gave it five stars.

Although, I can’t promise that you’ll like it as much as I do. It does have the tendency to be a little bit boring and repetitive. In the latter part of the story, jokes tend to be a bit corny and too intellectual to register as funny. But the story still holds its purpose, so I think it’s just a minor problem, nothing to be scared of.

Oh btw, I think the age range for this one would be leaning towards 20-30 years old/young since the writing can be a slow and dull sometimes. But of course, read whatever you want; it’s a free country.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yesss!

Recommended to: People who under appreciate our being

(Fully Booked, Large/Tall Copy, P 640)


Below are information about this book.

Publication: July 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)

From Goodreads:

The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves.

“I was not Professor Andrew Martin. That is the first thing I should say. He was just a role. A disguise. Someone I needed to be in order to complete a task.”

The narrator of this tale is no ordinary human—in fact, he’s not human at all. Before he was sent away from the distant planet he calls home, precision and perfection governed his life. He lived in a utopian society where mathematics transformed a people, creating limitless knowledge and immortality.

But all of this is suddenly threatened when an earthly being opens the doorway to the same technology that the alien planet possesses. Cambridge University professor Andrew Martin cracks the Reimann Hypothesis and unknowingly puts himself and his family in grave danger when the narrator is sent to Earth to erase all evidence of the solution and kill anyone who has seen the proof. The only catch: the alien has no idea what he’s up against.

Disgusted by the excess of disease, violence, and family strife he encounters, the narrator struggles to pass undetected long enough to gain access to Andrew’s research. But in picking up the pieces of the professor’s shattered personal life, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans’ imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.


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