Book Review: The Humans

The HumansThe Humans by Matt Haig

The blurb: It’s hardest to belong when you’re closest to home…

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he’s a dog.

Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder? Can the species which invented cheap white wine and peanut butter sandwiches be all that bad? And what is the warm feeling he gets when he looks into his wife’s eyes?

My review: The blurb for this book intrigued me – I’ve previously read The Radleys which I absolutely loved so thought it was a safe bet to take on holiday. The Humans is an interesting concept, an alien is sent to earth to impersonate a mathematician who has developed the answer to a riddle that would significantly propel the earth’s development. The alien species have decided that it would be nigh on a catastrophe for us humans to be that advanced so they’ve sent someone down to deal with it – impersonating the mathematician to find out who he might have told his secret to.

The Humans has its funny moments, sadly they are just not as frequent as with The Radleys. I think because the main character has a slow emotional journey it is quite difficult to warm to him. There are some lovely, heart-warming set pieces. Just not enough to take the characters to heart. It felt a little flat.

Some interesting ideas here but nothing to write home about.

6 out of 10 stars! ******

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