Friday, July 29, 2016

The Host

Title: The Host 
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Number in the series: 1 
Genre: Sci-fi, romance

Rating: 4/5☆

Goodreads description: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Review: Silver aliens, NOT shiney vampires!

Disclaimer! I have not read The Twilight Saga, so I can't and won't compare the works (except in the review title…sorry about that…), nor talk about this book better or worse based on my 'liking' of the Twilight Saga. 

The Host was a very interesting read. At first, I was frightened by the size of the book! A bit over 600 pages, and such tiny font! 

When I started reading the book, I thought it was a standalone, so the 600 pages were justified, but when I was like ¾ into the book, I realized (googled) that it was a series. For a second, darkness fell in front of my eyes. And even after reading the book (which I quite liked), I'm not sure if a series is necessary. Right now, I don't know what the rest is about, if it continues where the first book left off, or if they're in different POVs… But I'm also not sure if they're necessary… I don't know if I'll read them, or like them…

The beginning was… kinda… dreadful. But I think that that is like in almost every book (like this, serialized, I guess), the getting to know the world, the characters (and not to mention that I was still scared of it…). 

I don't think I gave the rating that high because I believe the book it a masterpiece, but because lately, I've been rating books by how they make me feel. The ones that a dreadful throughout the whole book, or the ones that the main character is so unbelievebly stupid (or at least their decisions), those book will not get a high rating.

But books that make me think, love the characters, the world, that make me feel, those books will get a high rating. And that's the case with The Host.

The Host is a book with an unique (kinda dystopianish) world. Aliens invaded Earth. They are taking humans and…… living, in their (our) bodies. 

The story follows a unique perspective, the alien. At first, it was a bit weird and I needed to adjust, but later on it was a great reading experience. 

In the beginning it was a bit hard to get into the main character, Wanderer. Probaby because she's an alien. But later on, I developed quite a liking for her. She's kind, always tries to do the right thing (what she thinks is the right thing at the time) and she's innocent in so many ways.

Being in somebody else's body can be a real bummer, living their life, seeing their memories, and having the actual person stuck in our head… Wanderer had quite the life…

The body Wanderer was in is named Melanie. And she wouldn't go down not fighting. At first I was pro Melanie, but later in the story I thought I was pro Wanderer. In the end, I realized, I was pro both. Both of them had the right to live, to have a body and a life. And at the end of the book, when Wanda made a big decision, a decision so save Mel, I knew I really liked the book. The self-sacrifice was the best thing that could've happened to the book, I think. But the end (the not dying...), I don't know. I'm happy that a lot of pain was avoided, but… I know that it was important for the series to go on, I guess, but…

I didn't like the new body, to be honest. I know it suites her, and again, is important for the story, but it was such a big change… 

I liked the characters and the motive of love. Although some of the love (triangles) were kinda awkward sometimes, but they were understandable. They might not be pleasant to some readers, and I could see many quitting the book because of them. The love towards Jamie, on the other hand, was so innocent, so pure. And it was a love I haven't read about in a while.

I loved Ian's character! At first he had a minor role and, frankly, he was an absolute arse. But he had a huge development dose through the book. And I though it was amazing. By the end he was one of the most important character, and such a sweetie.

And although I have respect and understanding of Jared, he was an arse till the end. Which was good for the story. He wasn't badly written at all.

But I did hate the big age difference between Jared and Melanie. It was one of the stupider things in the story, and unnecessary. Was is just because of one scene? I think the scene could've still made the cut even with a smaller age difference.

The whole scenary, the places were great of written value. Even if some might be impossible.

Death in these kind of books is a must, and I was saatisfied with the number of them (although one was avoided, I don't think it made me that happy…. Sorry Wanda). The number wasn't too high, maybe a bit low, but all in all, it was fine.

The amount of crying was on point as well.


“It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.” 

“Jealous, O’Shea?"
"Actually… I am.” 

“Even if we all want you here, you don't belong until you decide you do.” 

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