by Matt Haig
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.When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a leading mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor wants to complete his task and go back home, to the planet he comes from, and a utopian society of immortality and infinite knowledge.
He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, the wars they witness on the news, and totally baffled by such concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. He drinks wine, reads Emily Dickinson, listens to Talking Heads, and begins to bond with the family he lives with, in disguise. 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. A mission that involves not only thwarting human progress...but murder.
Praised by "The New York Times" as "a novelist of great seriousness and talent," author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the very messiness of life on Earth. "The Humans" is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject--ourselves.
The Humans is his latest novel, which will be released in the UK in May, and honestly, I can't wait to read it. It sounds, like the Radleys, as though it may have a contemporary feel to it, but with sci-fi blended in, and again with a humorous twist. I am very excited about this one!
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