Saturday, June 28, 2014

REVIEW: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***


Earth is no longer our own; the souls rolled in and took it right out from under us, leaving few survivors. Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, refuses to fade away when a parasitic soul is forced into her body. Warned about the difficulties of possessing a human, Wanderer is unprepared to deal with Melanie’s spirit and independence, and their struggle against each other leads to a grueling journey about life, love, and humanity.


Now I know you’re thinking “wtf is this? I’m a romance fan, not sci-fi!” and I can sympathize. I debated over reading it until the decision was made for me and the book gifted to me. So, I ventured in, and I have to admit the first 10 chapters or so are really (seriously) slow, because it’s all world building. I decided to keep trudging through though. Best. Decision. Ever.

We start off with Wanderer being inserted and finding out Melanie remains a consciousness with her in her head. Wanderer struggles with this predicament as Melanie works her hardest to protect her memories and loved ones left behind. However, as time goes on, Wanderer learns about Melanie and her life as her walls start slipping, resulting in an uncomfortable alliance. This is where all the fun begins.

I can’t really tell you more because you should find out for yourself, but I will say that while I would have liked to see Wanderer fight a little harder when shit got critical, the author stayed true to her character which I really appreciate. Wanderer learns what it really means to be human, and Melanie learns that the souls may not all deserve to be hated and feared. This story contains the unconditional love of family, friendship, and a very complicated love triangle. It also contains some really neat ideas of other alien worlds.

Overall it’s a very fascinating and moving book and I encourage any romance reader to give it a chance. It’s a slow, but very thoughtful and sweet love story with really only a touch of sci-fi.

1 comment:

  1. Good review. This is a book that I've had both on my shelves and my Kindle for ages, but that I just haven't brought myself to read yet.