Sunday, August 16, 2009

Book review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I have to start this post by saying that I highly recommend this book! No matter how you feel about the Twilight-saga - read The Host! I might add that this book has nothing to do with the Twilight vampires. Okay, I'm going to say this out loud: I personally think this book is better than the Twilight-saga(even though I loved it when I read it).

The Host is a book in the science-fiction genre, the first sci-fi book I have ever read or to be more precise listened to(the audiobook is read by Kate Reading). I didn't think that sci-fi was a book genre I would enjoy but I was badly mistaken in my presumption. If you don't enjoy the genre don't let that stop you, if you do then you're going to miss a great book.

The Host is an adventure of a story as well as a story about important things like learning to accept others for who they are, compassion, love and the feeling of being alone and finding you're place in the universe.

Product description from Amazon:
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, 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.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts 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 yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

The "souls" in The Host isn't like small green men, no they are tiny beautiful silver creatures. The "souls" are parasites and they are living inside other creatures. They have taken over the earth, the humans didn't desreve a great planet like the eart. Humans only ruined it and were violent and evil towards each other.

When the human, Melanie, is being captured she is in Chicago looking for her cousin, Sharon, who she thinks might still be human. When Melanie understands that the "souls" have found her she throws herself into an elevator shaft hoping to die instead of having her body taken over by a "soul". If her body is taken she fears that her mind will reveal the place where her little brother, Jamie, and her boyfriend, Jared, are hiding. Melanie dosen't die and one of the "souls" heals her body and places a female "soul" named Wanderer inside Melanie's body.

Melanie refuses to give up her own mind and body and through memories and feelings she somehow manges to effect the "soul" a little. Wanderer knows she shouldn't let herself be effected by this and that she ought to swap to a new body, but after awhile she to longs for Melanie's family. Is Jared and Jamie still alive? Can Wanderer the "soul" be trusted?

Melanie and Wanderer starts a search and they find what they are looking for, what they haven't considered is the hate humans nurture for the "souls".

The main character in this book, Wanderer, is hard not to fall in love with. Wanderer is a peace loving "soul" and she shares the body with Melanie a really tough girl who dosen't mind using violence to protect herself. It goes without saying that there's going to be some conflicts inside their head.

I feel that the characters in The Host has got more depth(more multi layered) than the characters in Twilight. It seems to me that Stephenie Meyer has taken her writing up a level with this book. I loved the book and the way the characters in it were described.

My rating of this book:

5 points out of 5 possible.

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