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The Humans

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I think, like the main character, I tend to have a pessimistic view on everything, and it was so beautiful to watch his pessimism turn into admiration. At first glance no alien race would be able to resist the temptation to exterminate a dangerous, almost rabid, species like ours.

You cannot meet an alien culture that you cannot love - if you don't, the fault must be more in you than in the culture.

The naïve protagonist, though very curious, was first and foremost disgusted by the way humans look, especially because of their protruding noses. One of these poets, the very best one (her name was Emily Dickinson), said this: ‘I dwell in possibility. He is initially repelled by everything he sees on Earth - by people, by food, by the environment and by violence. Alerted to this amazing breakthrough on the other side of the universe, and convinced that the secret of primes cannot be entrusted to such a violent and backward species as humans, the super-advanced Vonnadorians dispatch an emissary to erase Martin and all traces of his discovery.

The two of them were famous in their fields of education, Isobel on history and Andrew on Mathematics, and as authors of bestselling books.But the universe decides we aren't ready for such massive knowledge and sends an alien to kill, then inhabit the body of Andrew, with the mission to remove any evidence of his findings. But although I liked this book for being about humans from a non-human angle and the insight that allowed, sometimes the tone of it felt overexplainy and most of the time I was a little bored. It is definitely not a sad story, but it will bring tears to your eyes not because it will break your heart, but because it will stitch up the seams it has. The basic set-up here is that an extra-terrestrial being inhabits human form and sees the world and it's people with fresh eyes. The alien main character only seemed to be naive or uninformed at the convenience of the author to make some glib observation, not to drive the plot and not in a consistent manner with the premise.

The humans is a funny story about an alien who is sent to Earth to take over the body of a mathematician who has proven a major hypothesis, that's said to be dangerous knowledge for an immature species such as us humans. 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. I enjoyed this story by Matt Haig so much more than his book The Midnight Library (see my review at https://www.This book shows how the universe can send in their best, most logical, most clinical and advanced soldier but it's no match for us wonderful humans. Meanwhile, he is having a deeply positive effect on his fake family, who have been in pain for years.

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