Book Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Host is surprising. If someone told me that I would enjoy reading a book about parasitic aliens who take over the world by invading human bodies, erasing their personalities and minds, I would have said that person had lost their mind. But I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and was immediately captivated by the beautifully written characters: the alien ‘soul’ named Wanderer – a gentle, sensitive creature – and her feisty human host, Melanie, who refuses to surrender her mind to the alien inside her body. Melanie is clearly the victim, Wanderer the aggressor, but I found as I read the book my sympathies were with both as the characters are genuinely endearing.
While Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts in the hope of discovering the remaining human resistance, Melanie turns up the heat and fills Wanderer’s mind with memories of the man she loves – Jared, a man who is still in hiding. Stuck inside Melanie’s body Wanderer begins to succumb to her host body’s physical yearning for Jared as well as the visions Melanie reveals to her. They become unlikely and unwilling allies when they set off to search for him.
Technically The Host is probably considered science fiction as it features an alien race, but this is definitely a book that can be read by those who don’t like science fiction as well as those who do. The settings for the story are familiar and everyday, and Stephenie Meyer focuses on the relationships of the characters, and especially the intriguing dilemma of two living entities sharing a body. Romance, action and suspense are all there – in a world where the tension of the surviving humans is palpable. As well as being a story of two characters in one body, it also turns into a love triangle involving only two bodies – and later Wanderer has a new love interest as well. Oddly enough, by the book’s end I found Wanderer’s character to be just as human as Melanie’s, as she is torn between her duty as a soul and the compassion she develops for Melanie and other humans. This is a fabulous piece of storytelling!This is a great space to write long text about your company and your services. You can use this space to go into a little more detail about your company. Talk about your team and what services you provide. Tell your visitors the story of how you came up with the idea for your business and what makes you different from your competitors. Make your company stand out and show your visitors who you are.