Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Star Rating : 4 out of 5

Content Rating : MODERATE
Back Cover :

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading “soul” who occupies Melanie’s body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who has avoided invasion and lives in hiding. Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie – reluctant allies – set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature. The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.”
My Thoughts :

Normally I would not pick up this type of book unless someone suggested it to me; because, when I see love triangles or romance as a main theme, I run the other way. With this being written by the same author as The Twilight Series, I had my doubts; but, then I saw this book at a dollar store and figured it had to be worth at least a dollar. Let me tell you, I am glad I was wrong about judging the book by its cover.
Compared to the last half of the book, the first half is much slower but still a decent speed. However, the last half made it terribly hard to put down! So on a few nights, I deemed the book more important than sleep.
Since it does start out slow and is not what I’d typically pick to read, I gave it a 4 out 5 star rating. I also gave it a MODERATE rating. Though most of the book would be rated mild, there is violence, detailed imagery of death and sickness. There was also plenty of kissing and touching, but that is as far as it goes.

 What I liked : 

  • Medical Things – Yes, I will admit being in a medical science degree, I am biased to liking these types of things. However, do not let this stop you from reading the book, it was generalized medical practices that would be easy for anyone to understand and very intriguing.
  • Science Fiction – The details that Stephenie Meyer went into about the “souls” and their previous lives were much more than I was expecting from the sparkling-vampire author. Every nerd part of me loved this as a science fiction novel.
  • Action versus love – If you are like me and romance novels are not your favorite either, don’t worry! The love triangle was not in your face throughout the book, it was more-or-less a side theme. However, if you are into romance, you can appreciate this book too. The love triangle did have a new take on the meaning and kept it interesting from the normal hum drum love stories.

What I didn’t like : 

  • Questions Unanswered – Most readers may not even notice the unanswered questions. However, when you bring up science things, explain them please. I was left wondering in some cases.
  • The Ending – This book could almost have a continuation because it did not feel finished. Even the epilogue was not satisfactory to summing things up (and answering those final questions I had). Though some may enjoy using their own imagination to create an ending, I wanted to know more about how things in the future would end up for the group and the earth as a whole.  

What Others Are Saying :

Simply virtuosic.--Lev Grossman, TIME
A vigorous blend of romance and science fiction.”--ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Reviewed by Jennifer Snow 

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