The Host: A Novel

Review of The Host: A Novel

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.  As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love. Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

The Host

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  • Title: The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer
  • Raina Rating: 8 out of 10
  • Genre:  Romance
  • Author: Stephenie Meyer

I was a big fan of the Twilight series so when I heard Stephenie Meyer had another book out, I couldn’t wait to read it. Time however got away from me and I didn’t get a chance to read it right away like I had hoped. Then one day the trailer came out for the movie and I couldn’t help but notice how they seem to go out of their way to avoid saying “science fiction” clearly out of fear they would alienate their target audience of Twilight lovers. But in the end, no matter how you swing it, The Host is a story heavily seated in the Sci-Fi genre. To me however that isn’t a bad thing. I liked the story, albeit a very very long one, still a good one nonetheless. This book is about twice as big as your normal book. But when you finally finished it you will be glad you did. You will have just read a story that made you smile and made you think.  It’s not really as much a love story (despite being classified as such), as it is about friendship.

It’s funny really, when you talk about The Host the first thing people tend to say is, well it’s no Twilight. But why is that a bad thing? Why would you want the exact same story or type of story every time? I think Stephenie Meyer did a great job reaching into a different story world and coming out on top. The story had its parts where it dragged but never so much so that I wanted to put the book down. The only really bad thing I could say about The Host is how horribly they adapted it to a movie. They couldn’t have done a more horrible job taking a good story and turning it into what they did. The movie was horrible and nothing like the book. The casting … oh don’t even get me started on how that was only the worst casting for a movie of all time. Anyway, I’ll spare you my rant of the movie and just say, do yourself a favor, skip the movie and just stick with the book.

Buy it, Borrow it, or Skip it?

Borrow it. I liked this book but I just can’t imagine I would ever want t0 re-read it.

 

Review of The Host: A Novel

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