The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2013-07-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 76 Ratings
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The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly).

When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this strange species than he had thought. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music, and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family. He begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfection, and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

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 messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.


  • Give it a chance

    By Sandy_says
    It took a while to enjoy this book. At first I didn't care for the writing style. Didn't understand the great reviews. But after a few chapters I got sucked into the storyline and just had to know how it ended. The perspective of being human can be as philosophically deep or shallow as you choose to make it.
  • Amazing

    By Birdyman13
    This is truly an amazing book. I had never read anything by Matt Haig before but look forward to reading him again. This is a story of human behavior told from a unique perspective and I must say, I believe I've learned something quite valuable. I highly recommend it and plan to revisit the 100 "life lessons" on occasion. Several hit home.