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The Humans Hardcover – July 2, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 1,944 ratings

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*Starred Review* The alien comes to Earth from Vonnadoria, an almost incomprehensibly advanced world; he comes with a sinister purpose, both to destroy and to collect information, hoping to rob human beings of their future. Assuming the person of Professor Andrew Martin, a celebrated mathematician who has made a dangerous discovery, he sets coldly and calculatedly to work. But there is a problem: though disgusted at first by humans, whom he regards as motivated only by violence and greed, he gradually comes to understand that humans are more complex than that, and, most dangerous to his mission, he discovers music, poetry, and . . . love. Becoming increasingly sympathetic to humans, he will ultimately do the unthinkable. The ever-imaginative Haig—The Dead Fathers Club (2007), The Radleys (2010)—has created an extraordinary alien sensibility and, though writing with a serious purpose (the future is at stake), has great good fun with the being’s various eyebrow-raising blunders as he struggles to emulate human behavior. Haig strikes exactly the right tone of bemusement, discovery, and wonder in creating what is ultimately a sweet-spirited celebration of humanity and the trials and triumphs of being human. The result is a thought-provoking, compulsively readable delight. --Michael Cart

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"A literary virtuoso… Matt Haig is a supreme talent and a writer to cherish, and The Humans is undoubtedly his magnum opus." Source: The Guardian

“Funny, poignant and full of heart.” Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Matt Haig is a novelist of stunning talent, with a laser eye for the absurd and endless reserves of compassion.” Source: Parade, "Parade Picks"

The Humans is by turns silly, sad, suspenseful and soulful….Haig manages…to burrow beneath clichés as he explores the meaning of sentimentality, loyalty, love, and mortality….Haig's insights are often compelling.” Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“At its heart, this novel is really about the art of being human and all that entails.” Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A surprisingly touching and often hilarious tale….Haig elevates the premise with his deft, humor-rich storytelling skills. A reverence for mathematics and history also runs through the book, cutting through some of the sentimentality with a healthy dose of intellectualism. The Humans is an engaging summer read.” Source: Bookpage

The Humans is a breathtaking novel…eye-opening and endlessly fascinating. Matt Haig has created a masterpiece of fiction that should be required reading for all who inhabit this great big ball we call Earth.” Source: BookReporter

“A thought-provoking, compulsively readable delight.” Source: Booklist (starred review)

"Delightful." Source: Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Quick-paced, touching, and hilarious.” Source: Library Journal (starred review)

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Teena Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic, thought provoking book!!! This book is written from an alien's perspective and is humourous with an interesting plot and characters who we will relate to. A must read for every human! I am 58 and due to circumstances have found my situation change often in the past 4 years which in turn made me re-evaluate my thoughts and feelings about many things such as relationships and jobs. As a result I was a little troubled and felt I should be perhaps more settled but this book has made me realise its ok and I have people I love and adore. Above all this book is about caring about those around you and love is everything and to appreciate and find joy on and in this beautiful planet. I strongly feel this should be in the GCSE syllabus. What wonderful guidance and freedom it would provide in a world where there are so many misconceptions and manipulative people. This book encourages you to believe in yourself and mankind and that we are all important. Thank you Mr. Haig for such a wise book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Initially the alien finds humans repugnant and the Earth terribly primitive and unpleasant
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5.0 out of 5 stars As I read this book I didn't think once about my mortality or various other difficulties
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5.0 out of 5 stars This has been my favourite book for almost four years
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5.0 out of 5 stars To be Human or Alien.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Generous and optimistic
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny, poignant book and interesting after note from the ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this NOW
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice study of the human condition
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, dark, witty and an interesting perspective
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Kevin Trebell
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a Sci-fi tale, maybe a tale of one of us struggling with detachment, either way.. brilliant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bit whacky but also quite deep. I'd recommend if you want to try something 'different'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, easy read
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4.0 out of 5 stars readforfun
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