Book Talk: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good

stephenie meyer the hostI just finished The Host and it was a real page turner.  I enjoyed the Twilight series, and I also like science fictiony books, so I expected to like this one.  If you didn’t like Twilight, try this one out anyway.  It is an adult novel and the writing is better than Twilight.

The Host is a body snatcher book with some nice variations.  Basically humanity has been overtaken by a species of alien life forms called souls who view humans as violent and hedonistic creatures.  A group of souls called Seekers capture the surviving humans and take them to the Healers to insert a soul and erase the human from his/her body.  The human is supposed to go away after the soul is inserted, but Melanie doesn’t.  Wanderer, a soul, is put into Melanie’s captured body and, when she doesn’t go away like she’s supposed to, Melanie and Wanderer become friends and begin to understand rather than hate each other.   The story is about acceptance and love.

I’m not sure if it’s a a love triangle or not, but there are definitely two men going after the same body.  Meyer really knows how to tell a love story and make her readers become totally involved in the emotions of the book.  I cried several times, which might be reasonably blamed on the lateness of the hour and the weakening of my rationality, but the book was very emotionally intense.  I was exhausted after I finished.

I grew to love all the characters you’re supposed to love in The Host.  Meyer did a great job developing her characters.  I absolutely fell in love with another two hunky heroes, but one in particular.  She really knows how to create the man of every girl’s dreams!

The dialogue was confusing at times – I didn’t always know what was going on.  Some of that was unclear writing, some was Meyer’s method of creating suspense.  She would tell particulars before generalities, so she describes things as if you know what she’s talking about.  The times it made sense it was definitely an effective way to create suspense and foreshadowing.

Overall, I enjoyed it.  Let me know what you thought!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kari July 28, 2008 at 8:03 am

I loved it as well. I’ve had many discussions about it, and I’ve found that those who didn’t like it usually were simply Twihards. I also loved the triangle and the way she makes you second guess what is right. In the beginning it took a while getting used to her specifics before generalities. I think as the book progressed you get more used to that technique. Or maybe she just got better at it. I liked it all the same.

2 TLC July 29, 2008 at 6:43 am

I loved it too! But I didn’t like how abusive Jared was with Wanda (don’t get me started on that name). Other than that I thought it was well written and I really enjoyed reading a book that was so different in concept. I liked it better than theTwilight series too. Although I still like the series and there’s less than a week until Breaking Dawn comes out! Yay!

3 vanillajoy July 29, 2008 at 9:25 am

Oh, I hated that name too. I forgot to mention that in my review, but the whole time I was bugged about her name being Wanda. Anything would have been better than that! But I still liked the book. I’m also excited for Breaking Dawn!

4 Marie July 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I just finished this book today! I really liked it. It’s not really even Science Fiction, a little maybe. It’s really about humans and love. I would love to see her write a sequel for this. I think the story could continue and I’m interested how they save Earth.

5 vanillajoy July 31, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I’m also hoping for a sequel. I want to know how everything works out – now that they know how to make people human again, what will happen? I wonder…

6 Sharla September 15, 2008 at 1:49 pm

When I read this book I had already read the first three twilight and was entertained but not really emotionally involved. (As a reader, you know what I mean) I LOVED this book. I found so many neat parallelisms and examples of symbolism that apply to our world today. Since then I’ve actually read all of the twilight series again and I was surprised to find I liked them better the second time around. She sure does know how to write!

7 taelor September 17, 2008 at 2:05 am

Maybe I’m unsensative but i didnt cry at all while reading this book. I had the horrible urge to though… That counts for something. But i loved how… intense this book was, not nearly as intese as her first 4 novels(the twilight saga) but something else i noticed was her writing styles are so the same. I thought that because the saga was based on the same thing, that was the reason she sounded the same in each book. I got to read the book even breaking dawn before i read this book and many times while reading the book i felt the essence of bella or edward. im hoping for a sequel too

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