Saturday, 1 September 2012

Book Review: The Host by: Stephanie Meyer

My Rating: ★★★★★
Date Published: May 6th, 2008
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 619
Do I own it?: Yes

Synopsis: (Taken from Goodreads)

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.


I don't understand why people say, "It's really good, but it takes a while to get into. The first 100 pages are boring." I thought that the first 100 pages were great! It gave me an understanding of the world, and what was going on. I was quite discouraged when my friend gave me this book, because it is such a thick book. I thought it would take me awhile to get through. It didn't take me long at all, especially for a book with this many pages.

I liked everything about this book. The only thing I was frustrated with, was that Melanie (or wanderer) kept getting beat up. It really did solidify the reason why the Souls took over the world. Humans tend to think that you can solve everything by killing or hurting someone. I love the world so much. Especially the characters. I am so attached to the characters. I feel like I know them personally. I just love them so much. I was so happy for the good ending. I don't think I would've survived if the ending wasn't good. People often compare this book to Twilight. It is absolutely nothing like Twilight. I think that all the negative media portrays Stephanie Meyer in a bad light, when she really is a fantastic author. I loved Twilight before all the negativity. All the hate just killed the books for me. But this book, will never disappoint me. I am very happy that Stephanie Meyer is thinking of writing two more books to this one. The Soul, and The Seeker. I really hope she writes them. I cannot wait for this movie to come out!

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