Title: The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Date Started: December 18
Date Finished: December 20
Format: Hardcover from my own shelf
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.
Everytime I read this book I forget how weird it is. And how slow the beginning is. You’re basically dumped into this world that resembles our world, but isn’t the one we know anymore because the aliens have won. They’ve infiltrated the humans and are walking around with our bodies. Melanie was one of the last until she went to go look for her cousin Sharon and ended up being found by the Seekers – their version of the police – and in a last ditch effort threw herself into an empty elevator shaft. But it didn’t work. They were able to heal her and now the Wanderer is in her body. But Melanie is strong and won’t disappear. Not that you really figure that information out right away. Like I said you’re dumped into the middle of things and it’s very strange to have two narrators that cohabited the same body.
However, once the Wanderer – Wanda, for short – realizes that she isn’t meant for this world and that she’d rather live with the humans things get really interesting and fast. I’m serious. It was a struggle to read the first hundred pages of this book, but once she starts looking for Melanie’s uncle and his camp of rebels, the pages flew by. I kind of liked the whole dynamic of a rebel ‘parasite’ who wanted to help its host body. And the reaction of the humans to her as the book progressed was something to see. It kind of reminds me of those chick-lit books I like where the main character and her potential love interest absolutely hate each other but as the book goes on and they get to know each other things change. Only with a more sci-fi kind of vibe to it.
But, there is one small problem with that. You get introduced to Jared – Melanie’s love interest – and of course, Melanie is ecstatic to see him. Even Wanda is too. But then she starts getting close with Ian, who falls for her. Tons of problems ensue, and even though at times they could be entertaining, at the end of the book they just get awkward.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. A slow start with a relatively interesting story once you get past the first hundred pages. I’m not a big fan of the love square that took place and it’s aftermath, but at least it ended somewhat happily. Also, the ending was left open. Is Meyer ever going to write a sequel?
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