I first discovered Matt's books several years ago when I happened upon The Humans at my local book store. It sounded fun and there was a dog on the cover, so I was really left with no choice but to buy it. By the time I'd closed the book it'd easily become my new all-time favourite and I was determined to hunt down and read everything he'd ever written. I mean like, within reason. Nothing weird.
How to Stop Time tells the story of Tom Hazard (great name) who, while not necessarily immortal, ages at a fraction of the speed of a normal human, but it's also so much more than that.
Like The Humans, How to Stop Time is much deeper than you'd anticipate going into it unless you're already familiar with Matt Haig's work. At it's core, it's a beautiful story about life, relationships, love, and what truly makes us who we are.
Aging at a fraction of the normal rate and living for hundreds of years sounds delightful, but less so when you're forced to choose between 400 years of loneliness and watching the people you love and care about grow old and die over and over again.
As per usual, it's beautifully written, I could not put it down. When I finally did, it left me feeling satisfied and pining for more. It's been a couple of months since I read this and it's still a book I think about all the time.
How to Stop Time (like all of Matt's other work) is a book I cannot recommend enough. Also, the cover is gorgeous and it's already being turned into a movie staring Benedict Cumberbatch, so there's that.