Today I am reviewing:
In The Host, Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. 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.
Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind 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 begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
I hate Twilight. I hate everything about it. I think those books are crap and should never have been published. If you are a Twilight lover, I am not trying to rain on your parade. This is just my opinion.
I was very skeptical of The Host because it was written by Stephanie Meyer. I didn’t want to read it for a long time. And then a funny thing happened. We went to Puerto Rico and I forgot my Nook. To say I was bummed is an understatement. I had to have something to read so we went to the CVS on the corner from our apartment and this was one of the few English books they had. So I had to get it. I didn’t really have a choice.
I had very low expectations for this book as well. After reading 2 1/2 Twilight books, I knew the writing wasn’t going to be great. (I couldn’t even make it though the Twilight series, what made me think I could make it though a different book she wrote?) This was also the only book I had with me during our vacation, so I read it. And surprisingly I began to like it. She did a much better job of developing the characters in The Host than Twilight and she made you like the main character and the “soul”.
I think I really liked it because it was so different. It took you to a different place and time and you could almost see this happening. You know what I mean? It seemed like you were there in the desert bunker with the characters.
If you forget your Nook with you, go ahead and read this book. I really enjoyed it (I hate to say that) but it was a good vacation read and there was some suspense in it that kept you on your toes. Would I see the movie? Maybe on HBO.