Professor Andrew Martin has died and his body is taken over by an alien visitor from Vonnadoria. The unnamed alien comes with a purpose to destroy life changing information/data that the professor had discovered. When the alien first takes over Martins body he has a hard time adjusting to and tolerating the humans on Earth, seeing humans as purely violent beings who have disgusting habits, abhorring diets, and are hideous. While he sets out to accomplish his goal of destroying the data and all who know about it, he starts to see humans in a different light. Taking over the daily life of the professor, he comes to understand humans – how they live, how they act, what they eat, what they listen to, and how they feel. This leads him to question his mission and he is placed in a very unexpected situation.
Matt Haig’s The Humans is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, I’d even say this is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. Haig puts a wealth of emotion, truth, humor, wit, and love into this book. The alien narrator’s journey from destroyer to acceptance is told from someone who has never known caring or love and who then finds out what it’s like to care, to love and to be loved. It sounds as though this would be a story full of sappy, sentimental crap, but it’s not. There is the right amount of humor, cynicism, and compassion to provide a good balance and makes the story readable and thoroughly enjoyable.
The reader eventually finds that Professor Martin was an ass. But when the alien takes over Martin’s body, the alien sees things in ways Martin wasn’t capable of seeing. Martin’s family is fractured and on the brink of complete destruction. As the alien learns what it means to be human, the family just might be able to be put back together again. Don’t be mistaken and think this is a sci-fi book about an alien. It’s not. It’s a book about humans, the human condition, and how we miss out on so much because we are so focused on other things. I found this book to be incredibly good and would recommend that everyone read it. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.