My friend lent me The Humans by Matt Haig ages ago. She didn’t tell me what it was about and I didn’t bother to find out. I just didn’t feel like reading it. And my friend knew exactly where I was coming from. If you’re a big fan of thrillers, like my friend and I, you have to be in the right frame of mind to choose something other than a thriller.
Eventually I chose it. Mainly because it was very nearly the last book on my to read pile.
It’s the story of an alien coming down to Earth. He has to learn to understand humans and fit in with them, so he can complete a mission. He’s been told they are an inferior species, driven by greed, war and violence. He doesn’t expect to like them or become attached to them.
The Humans had an intriguing start as the alien first lands on Earth. It’s very funny and very well-written and I love the detailed observations on humans. Matt Haig must have had to take a real step back and look at everything from a fresh point of view – from relationships to cars to food and pets.
The un-named main character reminds me a lot of the character of Don in The Rosie Project, which is definitely a good thing.
Does the alien complete his mission? Are humans really as bad as he expected them to be?
As the story develops, The Humans has a real warmth about it, which I really enjoyed. But while it was amusing and more enjoyable than I expected it to be, I wasn’t gripped by it. To me, it’s not a page turner. It’s very good, but just not quite my cup of tea.
I should probably stick to the thrillers.
Do you have a particular genre you like to stick to?