Aliens Get a Bird’s Eye View of Humanity’s Shenanigans in “The Humans”
Itching to read a dark and insightful novel that gives a bird’s eye view of how incredibly messed up we humans can be sometimes? Then you’ll enjoy Matt Haig’s The Humans, a novel chock full of delightful black humor and important observations about human civilization.
The narrator of the novel is an alien who is assigned to observe humanity with the help of his partner, a Cambridge University math professor named Andrew Martin. At first the alien is disgusted at humanity’s antics, such as our tendency to go to war over any little thing and our propensity for murdering our own kind.
However, after disguising himself as his human host Martin, the alien narrator finds himself growing fascinated by the bizarre humans. His own race is immortal and possesses infinite knowledge, so things that humans take for granted, like enjoying a delicious glass of wine or strong familial bonds, are entirely new to him.
While the alien is impersonating Professor Martin, he slowly begins to see the beautiful side to humanity. He begins to forge bonds with the professor’s family and, in doing so, unknowingly begins to put the shattered pieces of Martin’s personal life back together. As the alien’s eyes awaken to the “good side” of humans, he starts to wonder if his mission has a more nefarious purpose awaiting him at the end.
The Humans is both funny and fascinating. With a bit of black humor Haig manages to show off both the good side and bad side of humanity. Haig’s work will definitely make you ponder about our own race long after you’ve finished the book.