Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: Stephenie Meyer - The Host

The Host: Wanderer and Melanie

Click here to purchase on Amazon: Stephenie Meyer - The Host: A Novel
Summary and Review:

So I was in the movies this weekend and saw the first preview of "The Host", I had reviewed this book eons ago on Amazon, so I thought it would be good to post the review here as well since they are amping up the movie. Hopefully it doesn't suck!

Earth has been invaded! If I had ever read or seen the movie of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” I would imagine it would be similar to this tale. Beings from another planet have come to Earth and silently invaded the human population before they realized what was really happening, once the people of Earth did realize what was going on there was a resistance. Eventually humans lost the war and the aliens had taken over the planet only they didn’t realize that there were some whose minds were so strong that they could not be taken over. 

Melanie is one such human on the run for years with her little brother and her companion Jared they think they are the last untouched humans left on Earth.  When Melanie thinks she sees her cousin she risks detection to find her. Melanie is caught and captured by her enemies and Wanderer is placed into Melanie’s body. Wanderer has been on many planets and is the most experienced soul they have and they need her to extract Melanie’s memories so they can catch any remaining resisters. Melanie’s mind is too strong and she shuts down her brain before Wanderer can get any information.

Months pass with Wanderer and Melanie sharing a brain, they have come to some sort of peace with a common enemy.  Both Melanie and Wanderer want to find Jared and her little brother they set out to find Melanie’s crazy uncles hiding spot which was the original destination before Melanie got captured. They are nearly killed but they find the general area of the secret location and then Melanie’s Uncle finds her! Once Melanie/Wanderer is brought into the underground caverns she is almost killed again but this time by the love of her life Jared! As it turns out there are more survivors all hiding underground and Jared is one of them! He is not happy to see a turned Melanie, he cant abide the thought that her body and mind were taken over. It is decided the Wanderer can stay (for now) and from here it is struggle to gain acceptance among these distrustful humans. You watch the battle of the humans struggling to accept their enemy and the battle between Melanie, Wanderer, Jared and Ian (one of the survivors). It’s the oddest love squares I have ever had the pleasure of reading about.

At first it took a while for me to get into the story, but once I did I couldn’t let go! Stephenie Meyer really has a way for grabbing you into the story with her writing even if it isn’t necessarily your thing. If you enjoy Stephenie Meyer’s style of writing from perhaps reading the Twilight Series this book will not disappoint.


1 comment:

  1. I have this on my shelf as I type and know I need to get to it soon. I don't know why I haven't started reading it yet.