Monday, February 4, 2008
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Host by Stephenie Meyer is not yet published so I'll do my best not to spoil anything for those of you without an ARC (Muchos Gracias to Em for ARC, by the way ^_^).
Wanderer is a "soul": a parasitic alien who can only survive inside a host body. But she has never really felt like she belongs in her souls' worlds, though she's visited many planets (hence the name).
When she is inserted into a rebel human body, one of the last survivors of the aliens' takeover, she never could expect this--Melanie, the host, has survived and remains in tact along with Wanderer's soul.
Melanie isn't willing to give up on surviving: she torments Wanderer with dreams and memories of another surviving human: a young man. Jared.
Wanderer soon recognizes her own feelings for this man she has never met--and leaves the ever-serene (ever-boring) world of the souls for a much more turbulent one: a camp of non-inserted humans living in the desert. Melanie's world. The Host arrives in May 2008, published by Little, Brown.
At the beginning I had such mixed feelings about the book (having read Stephenie Meyer's other series, The Twilight Series). But after a couple of pages or so--I was transfixed. An alien who falls in love with the same man as her host loves? It was fascinating--along with the fantastical descriptions of the host bodies of other planets (dragons, flowers, singing bats...it's all there, I tell you). For some reason, even though there are aliens and a few mentions of spaceships, I would classify this book more as Fantasy. But genres aside--I think I love this book EVEN MORE than the Twilight series (heresy! I know!). Once again Stephenie Meyer has dazzled us with a deeply psychological struggle. It is, without a doubt, a character story. If you're for a more plot-driven story, you might like this book too. There are more outside forces at work--and quite a few action scenes.
I think you can already tell, but, I just have to say: I love this book and was pleased once again by my favorite author. Kudos!