"The Host: A Novel" Blog Tour and Review11:38 AM
by Stephenie Meyers
Hardcover: 619 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 6, 2008)
Description (Book Website)
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. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
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Let me start out by saying that I hadn't read any of the Twilight series of books before I read this. I had heard great things about the Twilight series and so I was excited to read The Host.
Unfortunately, I really did not get that excited about it once I started reading it. I thought the premise of the book was a fascinating idea and kind of liked the first part and waited for the action to really kick in, but then somewhere in the middle it just started to drag for me, and sadly it never really kicked in.
To me the characters were very black and white...either completely good or bad. The constant, endless discussion of Wanda's past lives was just boring. I just did not see any change or depth to the characters the farther I got into the story. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over.
I think this story could have been told in a much shorter book and might not have been such a chore to get through. Not being a Twilight series reader, this book might appeal more to them, but for me it just wasn't a book that I enjoyed.
For me I'm giving it 3/5 stars. The premise was interesting, but I think it was overwritten and tended to drag on.
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