The Host

The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer

Having never read a science-fiction novel in my life, I couldn't believe I actually read The Host so soon after it came out.  Perhaps this phenomena can be credited to the "Twilight hangover" I was experiencing.  For what ever reason, I started the book the second day after it was released.  My problem was that I didn't know the formula for sci-fi novels.  For example, 99% of YA romances involve a strikingly beautiful teen girl, who, for whatever reason doesn't know it, and two seemingly perfect young men who fall hopelessly and madly in love with her.  So what is the formula for sci-fi romances?  Well after having read my first, I can honestly say that I am still unsure.

Wanda is a centipede parasite that has inserted herself into Melanie's body.  Unfortunately, Melanie is not willing to leave quietly. Melanie uses all her surviving brain cells to convince Wanda to head the Arizona desert in search of her love. Wanda is of course captured, and then accepted as a friend.  This changes her perspective on humanity and causes quite the love she falls in love with someone else while Melanie is still hot on her old boyfriend.

There are a few scenes/lines in this that might cause some concern.  There is a "surgery" scene that is rather gory.  I realize that we are dealing with silver ooze rather than blood, but it still felt the same.  Also, Meyer does not hold out on her sensual kissing scenes.  For example, "His tongue twisted with mine, and there was no part of my mind that was not invaded by the insane desire that possessed me."  (I had a hard time getting over the two souls sharing one body...kind of felt like polygamy to me.)

On a personal note, after reading this, I am not in any hurry to run out and grab another sci-fi romance.  But I was entertained for the most part, except of course when it was weird. 

Happy Reading

Becky says:
The Host for me was just not my favorite.  I have read plenty of Sci-Fi, if you count Star Wars, but this was just um... weird.  I think it was the idea that these parasite people felt it was just ok to come and take over a planet, and their people, because they didn't like how it was being run.  Can you say Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  I made it through the whole book, but the whole quad love thing was was soooo bothersome to me.  Also, the end is rather unresolved, as though Meyer left it open so she could write another book if this one did ok (which she probably did).

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