Today I bring you my "review" or gushing about a book called "The Humans by Matt Haig". What would you do if you were an alien sent to Earth from another planet? A planet of perfection and logic. No emotion. Your mission on Earth is to rid the planet of crucial mathematical advancement. Would you have the ability to kill? To cheat and to lie? If you were sent here to stop the humans from hurting themselves and others could you do it ?
This book is a light but necessary read. The alien character in this story captures so beautifully what it means to be human in a dark and seemingly messed up world. He finds beauty in the things we take for granted (peanut butter sandwiches). For him it's all new. The alien comes from a planet where he's been taught to live by logic only and math. The planet which he comes from there is no hurt, or greed, or selfishness only perfection. He was taught that here on Earth is the exact opposite to them we're brutal barbarians with no conscience.
What is perfection really? What is logic? Does something being "logical" always make it right? There are many questions in this book that the alien goes through and learns for himself the point of being human. I don't want to spoil the story I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads. This book is a beautiful reflection of what a gift out lives are. A reminder of everything Good that we are as humans.
(Had to add this cover as well. So beautiful.)
PS-I've found myself pausing and reflecting at certain point in story. Spoiler alert: The alien delves into poetry at one point and he loves Emily Dickson! I love it!
PSS- If you're a fan of qoutables this book has many.
"Do not fall for categories. Everyone is everything. Every ingredient inside a star is in you"