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Ellinor's Litventures

This blog is about my literary adventures in different genres. I like variety in my reading and will read books from most genres but particulary book with some literary merit.

Untypical Science Fiction novel

The Humans - Matt Haig

The Humans is about an alien who is sent to earth to kill Andrew Martin, a professor at Cambridge who just discovered the proof for the Riemann hypothesis (find out more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riemann_...). The civilisation the alien is from is developed much higher than the humans are and has much better technology. The alien appears in Andrew Martin's body and takes his role.
At the beginning The Humans is very funny. The way the story is told - from the perspective of the alien - reminded me a bit of The Rosie Project: the alien Andrew Martin and Don Tillman would really get along very well with each other! The world is described in a very logical way which tells us how illogical it sometimes is.
But this funny part is over quite soon when the alien Andrew Martin adjusts himself to life on earth.
The story than becomes a mixture of science fiction (not too much of that thankfully because it is not my favourite genre), love story and a bit of philosophical rambling. There were many truths in it and also some quotes that made me think. But all in all the story didn't seem fully developed and often also quite predictable.
Still it was an entertaining and quick read, though nothing too special.