The Humans by Matt Haig

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?

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This sounds right up my street actually, I do love a good thriller, but also love books that are a bit different (and aliens are always good :)). Must add to my to-read list!

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    • It’s definitely an enjoyable read! You’ll have to let me know what you think.

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  2. I love Matt Haig’s Christmas books and have just read How To Turn Back Time. I think he’s a very talented writer, I’ll look out for this one.


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    • I nearly bought How To Turn Back Time yesterday! I’ll definitely be checking out more of his books in future.

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  3. I’ve not read this one yet but I’ve read some of his other books and really enjoyed them #readwithme

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    • I haven’t read any of his other books, but would definitely give them a go in future.

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  4. This is one that I have sitting on the shelf waiting to be read, which just like you I’ve not been sure about starting. Although my son is busily enjoying one of Matt Haig’s kids books this week #readwithme

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    • Ha ha, glad it’s not just me that leaves books on the shelf while I overthink whether I would enjoy them! You should definitely give this one a go. It’s great that your son is enjoying one of his kids’ books.

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  5. I’m also a lover of thrillers and find it difficult to choose any other books. For my Goodreads challenge this year I’ve collected up 52 books from my TBR pile and put them in reading order for the year. I’ve made sure I’ve picked different genres and I’ve mixed them up throughout the year to stop me always picking a thriller for my next book!

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    • I love that you’ve done that! I do try to read something other than thrillers from time to time, but they probably make up 80 or 90% of my reading. I’m amazed that you’ve got 52 books in your pile! I’ve got about nine at the moment, which is the most it’s ever been. I usually have about three.

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  6. I haven’t read this one but I’m really intrigued by it and like your discussion around how the author must have approached writing it. One to look out for #readwithme

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    • It’s definitely worth a read! Not quite what I’m used to, but that’s not a bad thing.

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  7. I didn’t think I would like this one but I really did. I loved some of the perceptions of life on Earth and think Matt Haig has a great way with words! #readwithme

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