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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Humans

Welcome to my little Niche within the library. So grab a coffee and let's review some books.
The HumansThe Humans by Matt Haig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Humans tells the story of an unnamed Alien who has assumed the identity of Mathematician, Andrew Martin after he discovered the Riemann Hypothesis—a hypothesis that would advance human technology by leaps and bounds! The Alien’s race, the Vonndorians, sent this alien to assume Professor Martin’s identity with the task of destroying Andrew’s hypothesis. The Vonndorians thought that the humans weren’t ready for this type of technological advancement.

In the process of his mission, the alien began to assimilate with the humans and began to like their ways. Through curiosity the alien began to deeply examine and question this primitive race and in doing so, fell in love with humanity and its many idiocracies and intricate ways. He fell in love with poetry, especially the poetry of Emily Dickenson; he fell in love with life itself.  In a way, this book is a love story as seen through the eyes of an alien.  This book isn't merely a a Sci-Fi story; it is also a love story.  It is the story about humanity and the quest to examine our own existance.  In one of the chapters the alien has written a set of advise for The Humans.  I thought this was brilliant!

Written at a low time in his life, The Humans is a semi-autobiographical work by the author of The Radleys. In this book, Haig has put his own humanity under the microscope, trying to make sense of this human existence and piece together his role in humanity. I found the book to be well-written and beautiful. It is a story everyone must read. It is one of those books that a person cannot tire of reading. This is the second book by the author I’ve read. I intend to read his other works. I strongly recommend this book to readers everywhere.

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