I’m a big fan of Matt Haig’s work and stumbled across this book by accident when a neighbour was having a clear out of his books. Having read and loved ‘The Midnight Library’, I couldn’t wait to read this one!
On first impressions, I found this book to be really amusing. The main plot being the research of humans by an alien life form, in this sense, the humans become the ‘alien’. I don’t tend to read funny books, the only exception being Richard Osman’s novels, so this was a nice change for me. It’s certainly an easy book to read, which is something I tend to look for in any texts I read now as I have quite a busy life which means that more complicated novels can take me a lot longer to read now than they have done before.
Similarly to ‘The Midnight Library’, although less obviously, this book also has a lovely way of making a reader view life differently, with a more positive outlook. The aliens list of 97 lessons he has learnt on earth particularly made me smile. By making humans the research subject, Haig is able to cleverly allow the reader to appreciate the more mundane things that life has to offer, such as music, history and mathematics, that are often taken for granted and lost in the chaos of everyday life.
If I had to recommend either ‘The Humans’ or ‘The Midnight Library’ I would probably recommend the latter just because of how powerful and impactful it was when I first read it. That isn’t to say that this isn’t an excellent book to read and I’ll definitely be on the look out for more of Matt Haig’s works in the future.