Sunday, July 20, 2008

Host by Stephenie Meyer

A new series from the author of the ever popular Twilight. It is another bittersweet romance between a human and something entirely non-human. The Earth has been invaded by alien parasites which use a host to survive. Most of humanity now supplies as hosts to these intruders but a few humans survive to resist the parasitic invasion. Melanie Stryder wakes up to find herself occupied by Wanderer, an alien controling her body. Melanie and Wanderer find themselves coming to terms with each other though they are worlds apart, and find themselves understanding each other. Soon Wanderer realizes she would rather live as a human, than with others of her own kind.

It was a nice novel, fairly fun to read. There are some cliche moments and some parts that do not fit nicely together in the story line. The play of relationships is interesting and convoluted, being two love interests, one body; a nice drama to be played out. Meyer has come out with another fantasy / science fiction esque romance, maybe not as largely popular as Twilight, but still enough to stand on its own.


Anonymous said...

I have yet to read anything by Stephenie Meyer, although I know her Twilight series is highly popular. I feel like I am really missing out! Do you have to be a fan of the genre to enjoy The Host, or do you think non sci-fi readers would find something to like here too?

Louise - Reference & Reader Services said...

I am a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, but could not get into The Host. I don't read science fiction often which may be part of the reason. I was so looking forward to this book, but I put it down after 20 pages...maybe it just didn't live up to my high expectations from a favorite author.

Jenna - Circulation said...

Twilight and Host are two different novels and series, they don't relate to each other at all, so you don't have to read them both. At heart it is a romance in a science fiction setting, the beginning drags a bit but it gets better in the middle and goes pretty good from there on out. It isn't a spectacular novel but it is fast to get through and wasn't so bad, I like the duality of the relationships, it was an interesting concept, one body with two people and two very different wants.