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The Humans by Matt Haig

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. – Opening sentence Narrated by an unnamed alien author, The Humans is a story about an alien race intervening and prohibiting human advancement. It’s also so much more than that. The Humans starts with Andrew Martin, an alien from another planet who is sent to Earth with a mission. Andrew Martin is not the alien’s name, but the name of the human he is impersonating. However, for the purpose of this review I will refer to him as ‘Andrew’. Where ‘Andrew’ comes from there are no names; there is no identity; no individual. There is also no pain and no death. ‘Andrew’s race live in symbiosis with technology and mathematics, leaving a world based on logic, with no wars and no emotions. You can image how terrified…

The Martian by Andy Wier

I first heard about The Martian from my brother, who, sharing my enthusiasm for science-fiction, recommend that I add it to my wishlist (which I did). However, after hearing that The Martian was being adapted into a film, and being released this year, I made an effort to bump it up the list and read it. (I HATE seeing the film before reading the book; it ruins the whole experience for me. Once you’ve seen an actor portray a character, you can never imagine that character being anything different.) So while my boyfriend was sitting in the cinema last week watching the biggest science-fiction film since Intersteller (with STRICT instructions to not give away any spoilers when he returned), I was sitting on my sofa with a peppermint tea and my nose between the pages of Andy Weir’s The Martian. What I immediately loved about this book was the opening line. There’s no long-winded…