Another YA Lit book? Blasphemy.
Welcome to the Weekly Wonder, where we review books, with no spoilers, and add to your ever-growing TBR Pile.
And yes, I know, it’s a Stephenie Meyer book. The author of the infamous Twilight Saga. Rest assured, there are no sparkly vampires in this book. I’m sure you guys know that if I’m reviewing a YA Lit book, it’s probably excellent.
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
Best described by Meyer herself, The Host is ,”a science fiction novel for people who don’t like science fiction.” The earth has been taken over by a species that assumes control over the minds of human hosts, and most of humanity is now under their rule. Wanderer, one of the many ‘souls’, as the species calls themselves, has been implanted into the body of Melanie Stryder, whose conscious refuses to leave her body. Melanie forces Wanderer to search for her old family, nearly killing their body in the process. When they finally manage to find them, the humans are not as friendly as Melanie hoped they would be.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“What was it that made this human love so much more desirable to me than the love of my own kind? Was it because it was exclusive and capricious? The souls offered love and acceptance to all. Did I crave a greater challenge?…Or was it simply better somehow? Because these humans hate with so much fury, was the other end of the spectrum that they could love with more heart and zeal and fire?”
“This place was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds – the most beautiful senses, the most exquisite emotions.. the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds. Perhaps it was meant to be so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.”
“Even if we all want you here, you don’t belong until you decide you do.”
“Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.”
“Happy and sad, elated and miserable, secure and afraid, loved and denied, patient and angry, peaceful and wild, complete and empty…all of it. I would feel everything. It would all be mine.”
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- Stephenie Meyer gets a lot of bad press for writing vampire chicklit, but The Host definitely helps her redeem her reputation as an author.
- Love triangles don’t have to be annoying and cliched. When executed with class, (as The Host does), it can actually be quite entertaining.
- Many books that use multiple narrators or two narrators at the same time tend to mix up the personalities of the narrators (The best example is Allegiant, by Veronica Roth.) The Host manages to avoid this common flaw with grace.
- As a human, you would expect to relate more to the human protagonist Melanie than to the alien creature, Wanderer. About twenty pages into the book, you will realise that it’s quite the opposite. You will find yourself rooting for the colonisers, not the colonised.
- I love happy, hopeful endings.
I hope you enjoy the book!