Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Host, Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer, reviewed by Bronte

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What is this book about?

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.

Who should read this book?

If you hated Twilight, don't be put of by the fact that this book is by Stephenie Meyer, even more reason for you to read it; to experience some really awesome writing and story from her that isn't about odd vampires, shirtless ware wolves and naïve humans. This book is 10 times better than Twilight and you should read it if you love fantasy/science fiction dramatic love story's. I'm feeling the need to point out that I don't actually think Twilight is awful, The Host is just much much better in comparison.

How long is this book?

619 pages, a long book.

Story Line: 9/10
Well written: 5/5
Enjoyabililty: 4/5
Overall: 18/20

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Question 1. What character would you most like to have tea with?
I'm in a little bit of a predicament. This is because having tea with Jeb would be really fun because he is essentially the 'king', which is cool. However think of all the other amazing stories that Wanda hadn't even told yet which means chatting with her would be fascinating. But then there is Jared, who is Jared. So.

The Host  Question 2. What character would you most like to throw tea at?
Wanda. Which seems pretty mean really. I wouldn't want to throw tea at Melanie so I would have to throw the tea at just Wanda; and souls as souls are so beautiful it would be sacrilege to throw tea over her! But she was so naïve sometimes it annoyed me. Not all the time though, mostly she was lovely.

Question 3. What do you think of the cover?
This cover fits the story well, but I'm not going to lie, I do find it a bit creepy. And Melanie has brown eyes.

Question 4. What do you think of the title do you think there is an alternative?
I like this title because it simplistic and easy to remember.

Question 5. Favourite quote!
 “Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.”
A honest and totally human quote coming from a dystopian science fiction book.

I really liked this book. It's one of the books that's on your reading list for ages but its so long and you can't really summon up the patients to read it. A sunbed in Italy is all you need. Now after reading it I am so glad I have done so because it was Wandaful (see what I did there) and yes, the beginning drags on a little and some bits Wanda does makes you wonder if there is such a thing as common sense. But then there are parts that make you laugh, smile and cry and you go back to loving everything about this book again. It also contains one of the most complicated love, rectangles? ever. Well worth a read!

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