The Humans

The Humans (Photo- HarperCollins Canada)Happy Easter, everyone! This long weekend is especially exciting for me – I wrapped up three weeks of student teaching last week, which means I’m halfway though my teacher training. Even more exciting for the short-term is that I have some free time to read again!

First up on my summer reading plan is The Humans by Matt Haig, which was a loan from my friend and fellow future teacher Angelo. It’s a bit The Rosie Project-meets-Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, and it was exactly what I felt like reading as a hectic few weeks of lesson planning, student teaching high school and presentations drew to a close.

The Humans is narrated by an unnamed alien, a Vonnadorian, who is sent to Earth in the form of Andrew Martin, a British math professor. The real Andrew Martin has been killed by the Vonnadorians, and our narrator’s mission is to live among human beings and eliminate anyone who knows that the Riemann hypothesis has been proved.

Humans, according to the narrator are barbaric and primitive. But as he spends time getting to know Martin’s wife and son – and inadvertently picking up the pieces of the professor’s messy personal life – he starts to believe that life on Earth might be more beautiful, peaceful, hopeful and happy than he had ever imagined.

On the surface, this book seems like it might be crazy, but it’s sweet and sharply observed (imagine trying to teach yourself English armed with a British Cosmopolitan magazine at a Texaco gas station). I thought it was the perfect kick-start to a summer of great reading.

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