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The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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4.5 stars

Summary:

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.

I really enjoyed this book. It didn’t move me as deeply as it did many people but I still liked it.

The writing was ten times better than that of Twilight which may be because this is an adult novel catered to an audience that is presumed to prefer better written books. Told in first person, the reader feels more connected to the narrator, “soul”, Wanderer “Wanda”. The descriptions of the feelings and the emotions, usually conflicting because of both Melanie and Wanda fighting for control over the body, was beautifully done. The world building was so good. I was so fascinated by the vivid descriptions of Earth and the by the system of the souls and how they chose their planets to live on. Brilliant.

The characters were far more likable than the ones in Twilight. Jamie, in particular, was lovely. Everyone had a distinct purpose in the story and all their parts played out wonderfully.

Meyer is known for romance, so there was no surprise that this book has a love plot. The love triangle in this book was not instalove, neither was it forced, to my surprise. The outcome at the end was different from what I expected at the start of the book but I was very satisfied. Everyone gets a happy ending, which is good but in the world that Meyer set up, it didn’t seem very realistic.

Since the book is told in first person from the soul’s point of view, the reader sees the world and it’s inhabitants from her alien eyes. It’s very intriguing to read about how the humans are perceived by the soul. Meyer did a brilliant job of showing humans in their truest form – imperfect, selfish, greedy, irrational yet still so pure and genuine. This book gave me a new perspective to humans as a whole.

A friend lent this to me and she said it’s very emotional and deep, I don’t echo her feelings but I did love this book. A part of me didn’t want to like it because Stephanie Meyer also wrote Twilight which I strongly dislike but this was very very different and far better. If she writes more books like this without sparkly 100 year old pedophiles, I’d be very happy to read them!

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