The Host By Stephanie Meyer

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Hello everyone, I have read this book twice now and each time I forgot to post a review but I have actually remembered today. I read the Host straight after Twilight and it was a refreshing contrast. No sparkly Vampire's in sight. The Host is a dystopia novel in which near enough is human anymore. Their body's are possessed by 'souls', creatures that need to be inserted into host bodies.

The story follows Wanderer (a soul) as she tries to live normally - at least as normally as a soul can live - but she can still hear her host, Melanie's thoughts. Eventually Wanderer begins to listen to Melanie and they both set off to search for the man they both love. Though as with every good story their are complications along the way. In a world where humans are few and souls rule how can Wanderer survive when all humans want to kill her?
Here's the synopsis:

"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 really loved this book, it was VERY original. I had never read anything like it, The Host was my first Dystopia novel. The only thing I didn't like was how slow the start of the book was, but by the time I got 1/3 of the way through it sped up drastically. I would definitely recommend this book to people who love Dystopia or have never read a Dystopia novel. It is a great first one. I would rate this book 4/5 stars. How did you like The Host? Did you prefer Jared or Ian? Tell me about it.

My Favourite Quote:
Fine,' Jared snapped. 'But if you try cuddling up to me tonight... so help me, O'Shea."
Ian chuckled. ' Not to sound overly arrogant, but to be perfectly honest, Jared, were I so inclined, I think I could do better.”

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7 People dared to comment.:

Lolawid said...

The Host is one of my most favorite books of all time! I, of course, am totally team Ian!

Anonymous said...

If you want some good dystopia, try reading Margaret Atwood. Meyer has the writing skills of a sixth grader.

Mango said...

Ian!! *sigh* I totally agree with you about the slow start, but I actually cried near the end, for reasons you may guest.(not going to spoil it for other readers)<3

Emily said...

The ending, i had the same reaction

Mango said...

This book is such an emotional rollercoaster!

Emily said...

It really is!

S.A. said...

I DID cry at the end! It was a good book, and totally different from the Twilight series.

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