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The Humans

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  31,923 Ratings  ·  4,256 Reviews
Body-snatching has never been so heartwarming . . .

The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics, and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams’s irreverent take on life, the universe, and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some idea of the humor, originality, and poignancy of Mat
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Simon Schuster (first published May 9th 2013)
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Mommooshka The basic premise is a little predictable, but it is so well written and complex on multiple levels that it quickly rises about the "obvious". If you…moreThe basic premise is a little predictable, but it is so well written and complex on multiple levels that it quickly rises about the "obvious". If you are open to exploring human behavior, motivation, and emotional bonding on a deeper level you will love this fun but also thoughtful book. If you are looking for pure Sci-Fi adventure, you will find other books more to your liking.(less)

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Karen Cole
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In August 2012 my brother committed suicide. In the dark days and weeks immediately after his death I read almost incessantly. I couldn't sleep because when I closed my eyes all I could see was his body (I had to go to the mortuary with my father to formally identify his body.) When I was awake I read so I could bear the raw grief ripping at my heart. I believe that it's thanks to books I survived those days, I'm not sure how I'd have coped without books giving me a respite from my at times over ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
4.25? 4.5? This book totally surprised me!


I started reading this on the bus and couldn't stop giggling like a madwoman! In this book, you're following an alien sent to stop human mathematical progress. He steals the body of the human he's sent to kill and we get to discover humans through his eyes. His mission is to kill anyone that might know about the mathematical equation but things don't go as planned...

It quickly becomes more than just a funny book and I don
Riku Sayuj
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-fiction

“I know that some of you reading this are convinced humans are a myth, but I am here to state that they do actually exist. For those that don’t know, a human is a real bipedal life form of midrange intelligence, living a largely deluded existence on a small waterlogged planet in a very lonely corner of the universe.”

Encountering the Alien

This must be one of the most muted and personal alien invasion stories that you will come across. As the narrator admits, this is more magical realism than sc
Brendon Schrodinger
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Helene Jeppesen
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars.
I. Loved. This. Book.
Granted, the plot is somewhat unrealistic and silly - it is after all about an alien who is put on Earth to complete a mission - but said alien’s observations on humans are spot on and very interesting as well as hilarious. We humans do weird things all the time without thinking about it, and it’s books like this one that make you realise that and make you stop to wonder why.
I found this novel to be very clever, observant, and highly thought-provoking. Matt Hai
Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Το Σύμπαν αποτελείται από δισεκατομμύρια ηλιακά συστήματα. Δισεκατομμύρια προϋποθέσεις για ανθρώπινη ζωή σε όλες τις βαθμίδες εξέλιξης .Όποιος κατορθώνει να φθάσει ένα άλλο άστρο, αυτός βρίσκεται σε μία ανώτερη βαθμίδα εξέλιξης αφήνοντας πίσω του την γήινη ..

Ένα υπεργαλαξιακό αλληγορικό παραμύθι για τη ζωή πάνω στον πλανήτη γη αλλά και άλλες εξελιγμένες μορφές ζωής που κατοικούν εκατομμύρια έτη φωτός μακριά απο το δικό μας γαλαξία.
Ίσως κάποια στιγμή η ανθρώπινη ευφυΐα καταφέρει να ανακαλύψει πως
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I think Matt Haig is going to be one of my new favourite authors.
Mark Matthews
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The world is divided into those who have read this book and those who have not. Those who have read this book are shaking their heads in the affirmative right now.

It is not so much the story, but read it for that. It is not so much the characters, but read it for that too. It is for the statement it makes on the flawed yet wondrous nature of humans. This book will resonate with you long after you read it. (if not, we can't be friends.) You will be convinced the author himself is from another wo
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-books
Matt Haig is now up there in my list of favourite authors. Each time I read one of his books I am so impressed by its originality and his amazing imagination!

The Humans is told from the point of view of an alien sent to Earth to dispose of new mathematical understandings which could help the human race to make significant scientific advances. The fun in the book is due to this alien's opinions of us, the way we look and the way we live.

Problems occur when our friendly alien finds he cannot car
Carol (Bookaria)
This book is a wonderful, funny, and insightful look at humans from an alien perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

I appreciated it even more after reading the author's acknowledgments at the end of the book.

UPDATE 01/03/18: It's been four years since I read this novel and it still remains one of my all-time favorite books.

It's original, imaginative, and profound. I highly recommend it. Hope it brings you as much joy as it has brought me over the years.
Emma Blackery
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Absolutely incredible.
Kayla Dawn
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-besitz, favorites
This was awesome. I chuckled so much and barely ever do that while reading a book. "Andrew" as a character is absolutely genius. I don't really know what to say, y'all should just read it!!!
My full review:

This fucking book! I picked this book up because I saw it recommended by a booktuber, and I wasn't expecting that much going into it. But I can honestly say this is a new favorite book of all time. This story follows an alien who gets put into the body of this man named Andrew Martin. The reason he gets put in his body is because Andrew Martin has a made a mathematical breakthrough and the aliens have determined humans are not ready for the

Told through the romantic and curious perspective of an unnamed alien, Matt Haig’s The Humans is an honest and mostly-optimistic view on humanity, showing that hope and greatness could be found in our imperfections as individuals and as a whole.

Let this book help you rethink about life and see its beauty. Give it a moment and you would not regret it!

“Humans, as a rule, don't like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead. But the
Vikki VanSickle
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Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Premise: A socially awkward alien lands Earthside, naked on a Cambridge street…

And for a while, as Matt Haig builds from this premise, it’s funny! The Humans begins quite wonderfully with the arrival of an alien who can barely disguise his contempt towards humans and believes clothing is optional. The humor works because of our extraterrestrial narrator's terrific voice, which is matter of fact and superior. For example, the first piece of “literature” he reads is an issue of Cosmopolitan, which
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you can't overlook scientific inaccuracies or take a step out of your belief zone, this book is probably not for you. I decided not to look too deep into the technicalities and to focus on the deeper message and as a result found I enjoyed this story. The unique perspective of an alien who goes through a range of human emotion adds depth to some of the issues and imperfections of our kind. He discovers, learns, loves, makes mistakes, and finds his way in this complicated world. I liked the dr ...more
Andrew Smith
Oct 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
I don't mind taking a gamble on Audible Daily Deals - they're usually only a couple of quid and if they don't work out then it's less than the cost of a cup of coffee wasted.

I usually know quite early doors if a book is going to excite me, bore me or simply get on my nerves. This one was of the last variety. I'm sure this is a great book for the right person: its ratings are high everywhere, so it's obviously floated a few boats. But for me it just became irritating, very quickly.

The basic set-
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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the divine comedy they represent,
with all their delusions,
with all their fictions,
with all their religious beliefs,
with all their sex, drugs and rock and roll,
with all their technological advancement,
with all their moral decline,
with all their race and class differences,
with all their love for money and fame,
with all their lies and truths,
with all the
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I absolutely loved the premise of this story so my expectation were sky high. Unfortunately that lead to a whole lot of disappointment on my part as this story turned out to be a distinctly average read.

The humor fell just a bit flat and I never really connected with any of the human characters on an emotional level. The alien host who stole Andrew Martin's body was actually the biggest success. He was suitably alien and I did enjoy how he grew to appreciate that humans had some good aspects as
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Advice for a human.

81. You can't find happiness looking for the meaning of life. Meaning is only the third most important thing. It comes after loving and being.

82. If you think something is ugly, look harder. Ugliness is just a failure of seeing.”

I liked this book. it was funny and smart. At some point it got on my nerves but overall I enjoyed it.
It seemed to me that the writer wants to show us earth and life on it are beautiful no matter what.

“Advice for a human

86. To like something is to ins
Ümit Mutlu
”Yeri gelmişken belirteyim, Dünya’da bir grup insanın bir araya gelip içgüdülerini bastırmasının sonucuna medeniyet deniyor.”

Aslında iki hafta önce başladığım ve üç günde bitirdiğim, acayip akıcı ve iyi yazılmış bir kitap bu; sadece ben siteye girmekte biraz tembellik ettim. Neyse. Olur öyle.
Kendimi bildim bileli –ki bu çok eskiye uzanmaz– hep şunu düşündüm: Gündelik yaşayışımızdaki tonla şey aslında ne kadar da anlamsız. Tencere tutacağı anlamsız, yiyip içtiklerimiz çoğunlukla anlamsız, ahlak k
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the very first page to the very last.

It made me laugh out loud, cringe with embarrassment, ache with loneliness, radiate with love.

It made me want to go and watch my children sleeping, while I still can.

It made me want to hold my loved ones close and smile at strangers as if we shared this simple secret - That everything we are and everything we do has it's own fascination. That however broken we think we are, we are still beautiful; Messy, but beautiful.

And it did so wit

An alien's perception of the human race. His view is initially very cynical, but as the alien becomes more familiar with humans his perception changes as he becomes more human himself. Eventually the once emotionless alien sheds a real human tear and learns to love. He says: "I felt blue with sadness, red with rage and green with envy. I felt the entire human rainbow."

This book is an amalgam of mathematics, science fiction, philosophy, poetry and is also very, very funny.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! It has been way too long since I've been on Goodreads. Life gets busy, and now that I have joined modern society and finally own an iPhone, my life seems to be more distracted and less time to read.

So, back to books! I really wanted to read something edgy and different and something I'm not used to. So, when looking for a book as such I was encouraged to read "The Humans" by Matt Haig. I was told it's content, style, and point of view are unique and captivating. This lead me to read reviews
4.5 stars rounded down

I was picking up a book at the library when my eyes noticed The Humans on a shelf nearby. I remembered somebody told me it was one of their favourite books of all time, so, I checked it out.

I was taken, transported, mesmerised with the writing from the very beginning. It's so playful, original and oh, so smart. There's snark, irony, sarcasm and wit, especially in the first part.

Then it becomes a bit too sentimental, so my enthusiasm waned a bit, but not for long, it won me
Liz Barnsley
So we come to “The Humans”. Anyone who has read my blogpost “How a book speaks to you” (see ) will know that this book is now a very big part of my life. One I will read again. One I will use to get me through the tough stuff. And isnt that amazing? And it could work for you…but lets leave that behind us for now and talk about the book as a book. As entertainment, as fiction as an amazing read and one that will absorb you entirely into its pages. Because it will. This story ...more
Franco  Santos
La pasé genial leyéndolo. Muy ameno, divertido y no carece de momentos profundos que hacen de la lectura algo más que entretenimiento. Desde el principio me atrapó su premisa: un extraterrestre llega a la Tierra en el cuerpo de un famoso matemático y encuentra aborrecimiento en cada persona que ve, esto es debido a su concepción de, para ponerlo, irónicamente, en términos matemáticos: universo + humanidad = destrucción. Así se desenvuelve una historia sobre el descubrimiento y posterior explorac ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to David by: Rana
Shelves: science-fiction
What are humans? What is the human condition? This wonderful, entertaining story looks at humans from a new angle--the perspective of totally alien character. The alien has come from a distant planet to Earth, to destroy all memories of the proof of the Riemann hypothesis. For humans are advancing their technologies faster than their societies, and the proof of the Riemann hypothesis, in the hands of immature humans, would lead to the destruction of life across the galaxy.

Professor Andrew Martin
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I came across this gem rather by happy coincidence, and really had not expectations of what I would get. I'm not big on anything sci-fi, so the idea of an alien essentially telling the story was not immediately enticing. However, the cleverness and beauty of this book lies in this very fact. By being a non-human creature, Andrew Martin (a.k.a. the host body) sees all the good things in humanity. I should backtrack a moment and say that he, in alien form, was sent to earth to inhabit Andrew Marti ...more
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Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny, rive ...more
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“Humans, as a rule, don't like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead. But the definition of mad, on Earth, seems to be very unclear and inconsistent. What is perfectly sane in one era turns out to be insane in another. The earliest humans walked around naked with no problem. Certain humans, in humid rainforests mainly, still do so. So, we must conclude that madness is sometimes a question of time, and sometimes of postcode.

Basically, the key rule is, if you want to appear sane on Earth you have to be in the right place, wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and only stepping on the right kind of grass.”
“Make sure, as often as possible, you are doing something you’d be happy to die doing.” 182 likes
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