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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review: THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown & Co., 2010)

From StephenieMeyer.com: 
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.

Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Science-Fiction (Lite)
Length: 652 pgs. (Including extras)

Rating: ***+ (Liked it a lot)

Review: Funny story. One of the biggest reasons it has taken me so long to read this book is that it's so darn big and hard to hold with one hand while rocking a baby. Then it went on sale on Kindle. I never, ever buy books on Kindle that I already own paper copies of, but this one I did. So I could read it one handed. Me=Super lazy.
Some honesty. I expected I would not love this book but that like Stephenie Meyer's other books (eh-hem, you know, Twilight & company...) it would be engaging and a well-told story. And it was. So many fascinating details. So much emotion. So much feeling. (For instance, this line ripped my heart out: "This was the grief of a man at the funeral for his entire family.) So many lines like that, conveying emotions expertly. I loved that both sides in this story learned to respect the other species. Many awesome things that I loved about Wanderer. She is, in essence, your typical selfless, think about everyone but herself Cinderella character, but, unlike so many other characters like her, this personality is perfectly explained. Now remember that I liked this book a lot as I detail my grievances. Too much detail. I had a friend who wrote a post recently with some writing tips, and one of them was skipping over the boring parts. This should have been done. And this next issue, I'm not surprised at. Bella had the same problem. The girl loving the guy despite him being the biggest total jerk ever. It is just not believable to me. It's worshipful type love and I squirmed every time it came up in the story. And I selfishly loved the ending, even though I was not so sure it should have been able to turn out that way. ;)

Content: Rated 1-5, 1 being minor instances, 5 being text is saturated
Violence: 2+
Language: 1
Sex: 2+ (kissing passionately)

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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