Ruined by Reading

The Host

Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Science Fiction by M on September 25, 2008

I finished The Host by Stephanie Meyer. It tells the story of Wanderer, or Wanda. On futuristic present day Earth, aliens called souls have taken over and implanted themselves inside humans, taking over the body and mind. Wanderer is a special soul who has traveled to almost all the open planets and is considered to be exceptionally wise and strong. She’s placed inside a host body, Melanie, who has died a violent death. Wanderer begins to hear the voice of Melanie who is still present, trapped inside her body. Unable to get rid of her, and after living with her memories and thoughts, Wanderer gives into Melanie and searches for her relatives and loved ones, who she hopes are still alive somewhere.

I’m not a huge fan of science fiction. I like vampire stuff, and supernatural stuff, and some space stuff like Doctor Who and Torchwood. Besides that, I’m not big into spaceships and aliens. I picked up The Host because I’m a fan of the Twilight series. However, this book is vastly different from any of the books in the series. It’s geared towards an adult audience, and there’s no cliche teenage love story. It’s a meaningful story and it also made me think about humanity and our downfalls.

The souls obey all laws, never lie, and are the epitome of kindness and love. They’re perfect, except for their one glaring fault – they’re murderers. Though it’s painless, they implant themselves into bodies and force the person out and basically kill them. Still, while reading it, I was envious and wished that our current society resembled this fictional utopian society just a little bit. It really put our actions as humans into perspective. We’re so violent and destructive.

The ending was a surprise. I was at work when I finished the book and almost cried. By the end of the book you grow very fond of and learn to love Wanderer.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone even sort of interested in sci-fi. I think the people who disliked Twilight should give this book a shot, since it doesn’t have the faults Meyer’s other books have.

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  1. Veens said, on September 27, 2008 at 6:43 am

    I dnt knw… i have never tried sci-fi :)

    I will pick this up later :)

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