Book Review: The Host by: Stephenie Meyer

Summary: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, 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.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts 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 yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time. 

Review: I don't have much to say in this review. It has been over a year since I read this book, but the fact that I remember it bodes well for quality of the book. I saw a lot of people had complaints about the action vs. the inner monologues which I don't agree with, I think this book is meant to be an introspective sort of book so more inner-monologue would be expected.

The characters were just ok, I remember some them and don't remember others. Wanderer and Melanie are both super strong women, or know what I mean. I thought the whole 'host' thing was new and different but at the same time deeply disturbing, I am terrified of creepy crawlys and that is what I think of when I think of the alien creatures who took over.

Overall I think this book wasn't too bad, I read it rather quickly, it had a new and different premise and I enjoyed how different it was from Meyer's YA series.

Received from: Purchased
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I give this book 4/5 stars. ★ ★ ★ ★

Discussion Questions:
- Have you read Twilight? How did The Host compare to Meyer's YA series?
       I have read Twilight and I think this whole book felt different than the Twilight series, it felt more grown up, there was allowed to be lust without death.

- A lot of readers have expressed dislike for the immense amount of inner dialogue in The Host. Did you feel the novel lacked action?
       I felt there was enough action, i think this book was meant to be more of an "examine yourself" from within sort of book, not an "action packed adventure".

- Do you feel the ending hinted at a sequel? If so, would you read The Host #2?
       I definitely think that this book will have a sequel and I think I would give it a chance, who knows though, with the success of Twilight, she might not get to it for awhile.

    Monica S.

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    1. I actually enjoyed this book much more than the Twilight series, maybe because the premise was new and refreshing (to me anyway). I also loved Wanderer and some of the other main characters. I've heard criticism that this book would work better as a movie because of all the dialogue, but I didn't mind it either.

    2. So glad ti hear that you enjoyed it! I listend to this book on audio and I loved it.

      I agree with you, Dana, I enjoyed The Host much more than the Twilight saga.

    3. I enjoyed this book too ! I found the entire plot very new and mainly, liked the interactions between Melanie and the Wanderer !

      Glad to hear that you liked it :)

    4. I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was very interesting.I think it was filled with a lot of action and suspense.And wrapped around the whole book was a tender love story. I hope that Stephenie Meyers writes a series for the "Host". I heard that they were going to make a movie.

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    6. I throughly loved this book. I expected to see a sequel to it and really felt like the "Twilight" books totally overshadowed it. I also enjoyed the "Twilight" books for different reasons. Had I not know that both were written by Meyer, I never would have guessed it. Meyer's ability to write such different books should bode well for her after "Twilight" has died down and she can return to her writing. I hope she does do a sequel to "Host" but I also await the "Midnight Sun" book as the story told from Edward's point of view is yet another voice from Meyer that I think we'll love.

    7. This book was definitely better than her Twilight ones, although I still feel that for someone who likes to write romance Stephenie Meyer is terribly poor at creating believable, realistic couples. Her females are sort of clingy and, occasionally, way too submissive while her men come off as medieval, and by that I don't mean chivalrous.

      Also, this whole "aliens taking human hosts" isn't new at all. Stargate did it first (before Meyer at least) and much better imo. This was something that I couldn't get off my mind while reading, it felt like a - dare I say it? - rip-off. Certainly, there are differences, I just hope people won't start thinking like it's something Smeyer invented.

      All in all, I'd probably give it a 2.5, maybe 3 out of 5. Tons better than Twilight, not something I'm ashamed to own, but doesn't come anywhere near my top 20.


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