Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Today, over seven and a half billion people inhabit Earth, yet two thousand years ago, only around 200 million people called our planet home. Out of the six known types of humans that have ever existed, Homo Sapiens are the only ones still alive. Although not particularly fast nor strong, humans are at the top of the food chain. Once an insignificant species, humans have changed Earth more than anything else. Why has our population boomed in recent centuries? Why are we the only humans alive? How have we become masters of other animals? What caused us to be able to affect the history of our planet so greatly?
Sapiens explores the history of humans and our cognitive advancement. It traverses and ponders our evolution in ways that so rarely have been done before. By reading Sapiens, we are given an insightful and breathtaking look at human history. We learn of our ancestors’ ways of life and how they have changed over millennia. What caused Homo Sapiens to stop our natural way of hunting and gathering in order to settle down and farm? What caused our recent advances in technology, cognitive ability and much more? What will happen in the future as humans and other species’ evolution continues? How will we adapt to the modern world?
AGE RATING: 12+
TEEN RATING: 5/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: Sapiens gives a ‘brief’, yet incredible, insightful look into the lives of our ancestors and how evolution has woven the course of history. A thought-provoking book, Sapiens opens our eyes to a hidden level of meaning and reason in the things we see all around us. Sapiens will make you wonder about life.